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Data without Boundaries projectA short overview of outputs & future perspectives RoxaneSilbermanDwB coordinatorESS workshop, Luxembourg 25-26 September, 2014


  • 4th DwB Training Course on European Official Microdata

  • Within the framework of the FP7 Data without Boundaries project

  • Prepared under coordination of GESIS with CNRS-RQ, INSEE, UKDA, SORS and ADP/University of Ljubljana

  • Hosted in Ljubljana by SORS and ADP/University of Ljubljana

  • Support from Eurostat

  • Campus file provided for the course with the support of Eurostat and 14 countries

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  • Short introduction on DwB project and training courses

  • Part I Overview of European Data from Official Statisticsand regulationfor Data Access

  • Part II Introduction to EU-LFS

  • Part III Practicaltraning session

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Data without boundaries dwb a short overview

Data withoutBoundaries – DwBA short overview

Dwb a european project fp7
DwB: A European project (FP7)

  • The overall objective is to increase the use of official microdata

  • Very rich resources within the European Research

  • Both national and European

  • However still underused due to a number of difficulties for accessing and using these data

  • Particularly for highly detailed microdata and transnational access

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Raising a set of objectives for the project
Raising a set of objectives for the project

  • Ease access to the information

  • Prepare a single point of access in a current fragmented landscape

  • Language issues

  • Metadata issues

  • Access issues both with legal frameworks, interpretation of legal frameworks and accreditation procedures

  • Use of data (support use of data, train the researchers …)

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This is achieved bringing together different communities
This is achieved bringing together different communities

  • 28 partners from 3 communities, National Statistical Institutes, Data Archives for Social Sciences, Universities involved in methodology for anonymisation

    • Also involving the researchers as final users (Users conference, training sessions, calls for projects)

  • The overall idea is to bring two communities together

    CESSDA: Council of Social Science Data Archives ESS: European Statistical System

    • ESS: the network of NSIs lead by Eurostat main objective: harmonize and enhance production of official statistics in Europe

    • CESSDA: umbrella organization for social science data archives across Europemain objective: improve access to data for researchers and students

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Major characteristics of dwb
Major characteristics of DwB

  • Began May 2011, total duration 48 months

  • Project lead: Roxane Silberman, RQ/CNRS

  • 28 partners

  • 12 work packages

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Structure of dwb
Structure of DwB

The work and work packages of DwB are organized into three blocks:

  • A: Front office: Building a single point of access and metadata issues

  • B: Access to OS microdata: accreditation, Eu-RAN feasibility, Secure Data Centre issues, calls for transnational access

  • C: Communication and training: promote discussions, increase knowledge and reach agreements

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Some outputs from the project
Some outputs from the project

Front office

  • Development of technical solutions usable for different metatadata standards to harvest OS metadata from NSIs that will prepare single point of access aligned with the CESSDA catalogue

  • Metadata bases

  • CIMES for national official statistics also including information on accreditation procedures

  • MISSY for friendly metadata for Eurostat microdata

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Some outputs from the project1
Some outputs from the project


  • Towards standards for accreditation procedures

    • Based on discussions with the different stakeholders

  • An architecture for a European Remote Access Network for access to highly detailed microdata within the current legal frameworks

  • Based on discussions with the RDCs and the researchers

  • A pilot and a prototype

  • Support for research projects with 7 RDCs from 4 countries

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    Some outputs from the project2
    Some outputs from the project

    Enlarging the discussions and involving the whole communities

    • DwB website

    • Training courses for the usage of specific data sources (e.g. SILC, LFS, AES, Censuses)

    • Users conferences

    • Conferences between data producers and archives as well as with data users

      • European Data Access Forum

      • Regional workshops on access and cooperation

    • Staff visits in RDCs

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    Vision for the future services for os microdata in cooperation

    Vision for the Future: Services for OS Microdata in Cooperation


    To provide a comprehensive overview of available official data in Europe

    To provide structured metadata and user friendly routines for Eurostat data and census data

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    • Comprehensive web service

    • Promote use of OS-microdata

    • Continuously improve data access

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    Mission 1 web service
    Mission 1 – Web Service

    • Web service will function as a one-stop-shop for researcher needs regarding European OS-microdata

    • This web service will be comprised of:

      a) extensive metadata for European OS-microdata

      b) An online library hosting technical reports, survey instruments and scientific papers on OS-microdata

      c) Routines for data preparation and analysis

      d) An interactive platform where users can seek advice from experts, discuss with other users and provide input

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    Mission 1 – Web Service

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    Mission 2 promote use of os data
    Mission 2 – Promote useof OS-data

    • Organize introductory and advanced training courses on methodological and substantive research questions based on these data

    • Host user conferences where researchers can present their findings, connect with other researchers and discuss data needs with producers

    • Incentivize research by implementing a research award, subsidizing data use for young researchers, etc.

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    Mission 3 improve data access
    Mission 3 – Improve Data Access

    • Broadening access to integrated European official microdata, e.g. Time Budget Survey, Census Microdata

    • Lobby for expansion of transnational access networks and harmonization of conditions of use throughout Europe

    • Assist researchers seeking transnational access by informing them on access conditions, access sites and application procedures

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    Current opportunities for researchers
    Current opportunities for researchers

    • On site access to official microdata across EuropeTransnational remote access to Secure Data Centres

    • European Users Conference

    • Training Courses

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    On site access to official microdata across europe transnational remote access to safe data centres
    On site access to official microdata across EuropeTransnational remote access to Safe Data Centres

    • Continuing call for research proposals

    • Grant transnational access to confidential data;either on site (WP 9) or via remote access (WP 10)

    • Application is reviewed by a selection panel

    • If successful, travel costs and accomodation are covered by DwB

      Call closes October 15, 2014

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    European users conference
    European Users Conference

    DwB helpsfinancethe European Users Conference for EU-LFS and EU-SILC; a biennialmeetingorganizedby GESIS in cooperationwithEurostat

    Offer a platform to discuss research findings and research needs

    EUC brings together researchers and data producers from all over Europe

    Next: Spring, 2015 in Mannheim, Germany

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    Training courses
    Training Courses

    Objective: Foster use of OS microdata by

    • Improving knowledge about microdata from official statistics in Europe and their potential for social research

    • Practicing data analysis using a major data source from European official statistics

      Training courses are conceptualized and conducted jointly by CESSDA members and NSIs or Eurostat

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    Training Courses

    Next courses

    • European censusdata, January 2015, Barcelona

    • Adult Education Survey, February 2015, Athens

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    Thank you for listening!

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