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The Widening – Exploring Potentials and Possibilities of Extending the Research Infrastructure

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Brigitte Hausstein

The project will focus on the need for widening the participation in the CESSDA RI both directly by fostering membership in new countries and indirectly by deepening involvement and extending the CESSDA RI to agencies and organizations which remain outside of CESSDA yet continue to host important data collections. Although the current CESSDA network is extensive, including 21 countries, it is not totally comprehensive. Equally, the CESSDA network is currently rather heterogeneous, with some country members being younger and less-developed. These imbalances will be addressed.

A special action plan will be set up in order to extend the existing CESSDA network and foster the development of national data archiving initiatives in those countries which are not currently part of CESSDA. The obvious purpose of this activity is to spread the CESSDA-network to each EU-member state and to create and maintain a ‘complete’ pan-European SSH network, including representation from emerging and candidate countries. Equally, some countries with organizations within CESSDA have specialised research-led project-based teams whose data currently fall outside of the CESSDA network, and mechanisms likewise need to be put in place to create better comprehensiveness and coherency.

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