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» Hague Declaration Signed
» New CESSDA Website
» New User Interface for ELSST
» Public Opinion Portal Makes Comparison Easy
» Data Harvest Report Reveals How Europe Can Gain from Scientific Data

Hague Declaration Signed

The FSD has signed the international Hague Declaration which aims to foster agreement on how to best enable access to facts, ideas and data for knowledge discovery in the Digital Age. A key objective of the Declaration is to promote research activity. The Declaration provides a roadmap for action for removing barriers to accessing data produced by society. This includes, for instance, changes in copyright frameworks to allow content mining. In Finland, CSC – IT Center for Science and the National Library were among the first organisations to sign.

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New CESSDA Website

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives CESSDA has launched its new website. The new website has a scalable design and is tailored to meet the needs of target audiences which are policy makers, data experts, the research community, data producers and the general public. There is also information on services and training provided by CESSDA.

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New User Interface for ELSST

The multilingual social science thesaurus ELSST has a new user interface, developed and maintained by the UK Data Service. The thesaurus is available in twelve languages, with Romanian, Lithuanian and Czech being the latest additions. Users can browse the thesaurus without registering. Registered users can make suggestions on new terms to add or other amendment suggestions. Suggested changes will be reviewed by the multinational Thesaurus Management Team.

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Public Opinion Portal Makes Comparison Easy

Public Opinion Portal (POP) provides aggregate data on European attitudes, values and behavior from the past twenty years. Using the portal, it is easy and quick to see the trends in different countries over the years, for example, getting graphics on how trust in the European Parliament has varied in Greece, Germany and Scandinavia over the period of 1999-2015.

The portal has been designed in Portugal by Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation (FFMS) and the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon. The aggregate data provided are based on the Eurobarometer, European Values Study and European Social Survey.

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Data Harvest Report Reveals How Europe Can Gain from Scientific Data

The report "The Data Harvest: How sharing research data can yield knowledge, jobs and growth" was published in December 2014 by Research Data Alliance. According to the conclusions of the report, the storing, sharing and re-use of scientific data on a massive scale will stimulate great new sources of wealth. The report outlines the benefits and challenges and offers recommendations. It also warns that Europe must act now to secure its standing in future data markets.

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