Activities – DASISH

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The joint activities carried out in the DASISH project is organized in work packages as illustrated in the work package diagram.

Conceptually, the DASISH activities can be understood as belonging to one or more of the layers of the e-Infrastructure as illustrated in the diagram in the top right corner - click to see a larger diagram.

You can also see a large model presentation of the DASISH work packages by clicking on the image below the diagram.

Data Quality

One set of issues in data quality belong in top layer of the e-Infrastructure where the users generate new digital content. The joint activities on these issues are focused on common problems that need solving particularly in the social sciences domain, and the objectives of these activities are

  • to develop software for Europe-wide surveys to collect and code occupation data more accurately, consistently and cost-effectively,
  • to create, refine and make widely available a multi-language questionnaire development, translation, documentation database tool to aid the design and implementation of cross-cultural research and ensure more effective access to questionnaire metadata,
  • to build up and computerise a fieldwork monitoring system for cross-national surveys, which can centrally manage their distributed fieldwork, helping to optimise response rates and data quality.

A different issue in data quality is the issue of architectural solution for data management, curation and access. This mainly belongs in the middle and the lower layers of the model. The objectives of the joint activities are

  • to acquire and make available knowledge and expertise on the current data architectures, tools and technologies in use in all five SSH communities,
  • to liaise with ongoing international initiatives working on data preservation and access issues,
  • to acquire an extensive list of requirements on integration and technical interoperability
  • to define and design a reference architecture

Data Archiving

The issues in Data Archiving belong in the middle layer of the model, and the objectives of the joint data archiving activities are

  • to discuss the state of long term data preservation in the SSH domain and work out suggestions to overcome current bottlenecks and to establish trust in procedures
  • to develop models for common deposit services which could be provided to all SSH researchers
  • to work out policy rules, business and access models that can be taken up by a common data service layer providing long term preservation services

Data Enrichment and Shared Data Access

These issue touch on all layers of the model, both the vertical and the horizontal ones.
The joint data enrichment activities have as their objectives

  • to improve metadata quality through information material and training courses
  • to define typical workflow processing chains and test them based on existing technology
  • to create an annotation framework for data enrichment suitable for SSH researchers

The joint shared data access activities are of a technical nature, and the objectives are
to establish a trust environment and a joint data domain based on well established AAI principles (Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure),

  • to establish a tools and services portal for the joint metadata domain and set up a framework for testing, evaluating and commenting on tools and services
  • to promote the use of PID services

Legal and Ethics

The objectives of the joint Legal and Ethics activities are

  • to identify legal and ethical issues, constraints and requirements for all data types occurring in the SSH domain as a result of integration and linking
  • to cope with the legal and ethical challenges imposed by new data types emerging in the social sciences
  • to look for professional long-run preservation strategies based on e-Infrastructures for data in the social sciences and humanities.