Issue 1

July 2016

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Welcome to the first SERISS e-newsletter

Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS) brings together Europe's leading social science research infrastructures to address key challenges in cross-national research, break down barriers between infrastructures and embrace the future of social research. The aim is to ensure social science infrastructures can play a major role in addressing the key challenges facing Europe today.

ESFRI recognises four SERISS research infrastructures


Three SERISS research infrastructures have been recognised as Landmarks and another as an Emerging Project by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Read more

New forms of social science data: legal, ethical and quality issues in the context of the General Data Protection Regulation

Marianne Høgetveit Myhren, CESSDA AS
SERISS is addressing the legal and ethical challenges facing cross-national social science research relying on access to large-scale data on an individual level. These issues will need to be addressed within the context of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read more

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An expert survey on the use of sampling frames in European studies


Annette Scherpenzeel and Johanna Bristle, SHARE ERIC
Obtaining good probability samples is a key challenge for European cross-national studies in order to represent the population. The availability of population registers that can be used as sampling frames varies a lot across countries. Read more

A survey future online: Establishing the Cross-National Online Survey Panel (CRONOS)

Ana Villar, ESS ERIC
The internet offers increased opportunities for quick, innovative, and more cost-effective data collection, which is why many see the web as the future mode of data collection for survey research. Read more

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Spotlight on SERISS institutions:


The WageIndicator web survey is posted continuously on national WageIndicator websites. The first website was launched in the Netherlands in 2001. Today, it is operational in 89 countries and receives millions of visitors (30 million in 2015). The websites provide job-related content, information on labour laws and minimum wages, VIP wages, and a free ‘salary check’ (i.e. average wages by occupation, based on data from the web survey)
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Q2016 and IASSIST 2016
31 May - 3 June 2016
Representatives of SERISS gave presentations at the European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2016) and at the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology Conference (IASSIST 2016)
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3MC Conference
25-29 July 2016
Look out for presentations from SERISS infrastructures at the upcoming Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Contexts Conference (3MC 2016) in Chicago, USA
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ESS Conference
13-15 July 2016
The 3rd International European Social Survey (ESS) Conference - Understanding key challenges for European societies in the 21st century - will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland
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SERISS Training Course
24-25 October 2016
The first ever SERISS training course - Designing questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys - will take place at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654221.

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