The main objective of this project is to build the Czech node of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA); and to ensure Czech participation in the establishment and operation of this European distributed research infrastructure.
The principal mission of social science data archives is to deposit and preserve electronic datasets from surveys and other types of social research in one single location; and to make them publicly available for secondary analysis. Data archives are considered to be an essential part of a social science research infrastructure. The information value of data usually goes beyond an individual project’s research; and many research studies cannot do without combining multiple data sources. The data are often produced at considerable expense using public funding: thus, it is desirable to maximize their utilization. Archives are also sources of research instruments, fulfil an important functions in the development of methodologies and facilitate access to scientific data for the purposes of higher education. Data archives also provide an important basis for the study of social processes over time, making international comparisons and facilitating international cooperation.
This project has two key goals:
- upgrade social science data services in the Czech Republic and ensure their sustainability,
- allow Czech participation in new pan-European CESSDA infrastructure.
The capacity of Czech data services has been limited, thus many available datasets have not yet been made accessible to research community. This project allows the archive to overcom these limitations efficiently by employing know-how and resources resulting from cooperation within the CESSDA framework. The implementation of international standards (e.g. OAIS principles) and the integration of data services into international networks promotes competitiveness and excellence in Czech social research. The project’s activities are fully in line with the OECD’s Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding (OECD 2007).
Since the 1970s, CESSDA has been a federation of national social science data archives across Europe and currently has 21 members. Collectively they serve over 30,000 researchers, providing access to more than 50,000 data collections per annum. Under the ESFRI process of constructing large research infrastructures, CESSDA is going to build a united European system of data services by connecting up existing national data services. It is based on establishing a distributed research infrastructure preferably in the form of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). This new infrastructure will enable utilization of data resources irrespective of the location of data or researchers in the European Research Area; and will extend the foundations for European comparative research. Simultaneously, international collaboration through the sharing and concentration of resources will strengthen national data infrastructures.
The Czech node of the new pan-European CESSDA infrastructure will be established at the Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA), Institute of Sociology ASCR. CSDA accesses, processes, documents and archives data files from many Czech social science research projects and makes them publicly accessible for the purposes of secondary analysis in academic research and higher education. CSDA was founded in 1998 and is the only infrastructure of its kind in the Czech Republic. It has been a CESSDA member since 2001. This data infrastructure is primarily accessed online, and allows free and open access to datasets for the purposes of not-for-profit research and education.
Publikace vydané v rámci projektu (celkem 27, zobrazeno 11 - 20)
Chapter provides information about national survey data for the Czech Republic. A summary of producers of empirical sociological research and associated survey data files are presented. Discussion of these data files are presented thematically.
This chapter provides an inventory and evaluation of the large number of survey datasets dealing with political and public policy topics that have been fielded in the Czech Republic since 1990. The text contains an evaluation of survey based research for elections to the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate and sub-national elections for regional and local levels of government. A short commentary on the use of Exit-polls and panel surveys is also provided.
The text provides an overview of international research projects with Czech and partially Slovak participation which focused on political issues. A description of Eurobarometer (EB), the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), European Election Study (EES) and the Civic Education Study (CIVED) research programmes is provided. A part of the chapter is also devoted to political science data in international comparative surveys as ISSP, EVS, ESS and the World Values Survey (WVS).
The text describes labour market statistics and several research projects carried out by the Czech Statistical Office.
Chapter examines data sources of family research. The overview is limited to studies carried out in the last decade and those for which data are publicly available. The author provides an overview of relevant surveys and statistics on families, as well as information about where to find information on specific topics relevant for sociology of family, such as the attitudes to marriage and partnerships, sexual behaviour, parenting, abortion and family roles.
Authors present statistics and selected studies on immigration and discuss the quality and comparability of available data on immigrants. In this chapter, special attention is given to the coverage of immigrant subpopulations in nationwide surveys such as LFS, EU-SILC, ISSP and ESS. There are also comments on some of the methodological problems associated with surveying immigrants in the Czech Republic.
Brief information on so called ESFRI process, which concerns development and implementation of the Roadmap of Large European Research Infrastructures and overview of social science infrastructure projects included into the Roadmap.
The chapter provides a brief description of the standardisation background and practice in the Czech survey research giving also two examples, application of international standard classifications of education and definitions of the household, used in survey research.