On behalf of the Consortium of Social Science Data Archives, CESSDA ERIC, I am pleased to invite you to the meeting on Strengthening and Widening the infrastructure of social science data archives in the European Research Area.

This meeting is part of continuous efforts to strengthen and widen the CESSDA ERIC community across Europe and beyond.

CESSDA’s mission is to provide a distributed and sustainable research infrastructure and to facilitate teaching and learning in the social sciences. This enables the research community to conduct high-quality research in the social sciences. CESSDA aims to achieve full European coverage by strengthening and widening the European infrastructure of social science data archives.

In the past three years, the efforts have been to expand the participation in CESSDA and to establish the conditions for a network of national social science data archive services for Europe.

CESSDA has been on the ESFRI Roadmap since 2006, and in 2013 it has been pronounced an ESFRI Landmark institution, marking its successful transition from a project into an operational infrastructure. CESSDA has received its ERIC status in 2017.

Presently, 17 European countries are members of CESSDA ERIC, and CESSDA has received a formal application by Serbia to become a member.

The 2nd Widening meeting in 2018 will be focused on practical issues in building CESSDA compliant data services considering technologies, tools, standards, available resources, needs, and gaps.

To contribute to building and expanding the network of social data services, we invite representatives from ministries, research councils and service providers from potential partner countries to the CESSDA meeting:

“Strengthening and Widening of the European Infrastructure of Social Science Data Archives”

Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018

Belgrade, Serbia

The meeting (including lunch and dinner) is free of charge. Costs for travel and accommodation can be reimbursed upon request.

Kind regards,

Ron Dekker
Director of CESSDA ERIC



The draft programme below may be subject to change.

DAY 1, Wednesday 14 November

Moderator: Ron Dekker, Director, CESSDA ERIC

Welcome by the Institute of Economic Sciences
Jovan Zubović, Director, Institute of Economic Sciences

Research Infrastructures in Serbia
Vladimir Popović or Viktor Nedović - Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia

Serbian Data Centre in Social Sciences: In front of the CESSDA's door - experience and prospects for the future
Aleksandra Bradić-Martinović, Head of Serbian Data Centre

Open Science Platform: Implication on Social Sciences in Serbia
Jelena Banović, Institute of Economic Sciences

10:30 - 11:00COFFEE
11:00-12:30CESSDA ERIC
Moderator: Ivana Ilijašić Veršić, COO, CESSDA ERIC

Need for Data Support
Ron Dekker, Director, CESSDA ERIC

CESSDA Sustainability and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment
Ivana Ilijašić Veršić, COO, CESSDA ERIC

CESSDA ERIC Widening Activities 2018 - 2019
Jindřich Krejčí, CSDA

12:30 - 13:30LUNCH
13:30 - 15:15

PID services, what why how? A short dip in the PID pond
Birger Jerlehag, SND

OpenAIRE Guidelines for content and service providers
Natalia Manola, OpenAIRE , Athena Research and Innovation Center

Emerging Metadata Tools: ELSST and CV Manager
Sharon Bolton, UK Data Archive

15:15 - 15:45COFFEE
Moderator: Jindřich Krejčí, CSDA

CESSDA ERIC Resource Directory
Christina Bornatici, FORS

Monitoring the state-of-play of non-member countries
Janez Stebe, ADP

Needs of the CESSDA member and partner institutions
Péter Hegedűs, TÁRKI


DAY 2, Thursday 15 November

9:00 - 10:00CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide

Jindřich Krejčí, CSDA
Irena Vipavc Brvar, ADP

10:00 - 10:30COFFEE
10:30 - 11:30

Dataverse, a repository system for (emerging) Service Providers
Marion Wittenberg, DANS

11:30 - 12:30

Building a new social science data archive - covering the first year
Lars Kaczmirek and Veronika Heider, AUSSDA

12:30 - 13:30LUNCH
13:30 - 15:30

Side meeting


Online registration is now closed. We are sorry, but no late registrations are being accepted through the online system.


Belgrade Art Hotel
Knez Mihailova 27
11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade Art Hotel


Please follow this link for a map of the venue and suggested hotels.


Recommended hotels

Please make your reservation as soon as possible, as there are no rooms reserved in advance for this event.

Belgrade Art Hotel (meeting venue)
Knez Mihailova 27, Belgrade
Accross the IES, at the same street
Price from € 85 (breakfast included)

Hotel Palace
Topličin venac 23, Belgrade
5 min of walking from IES to Hote
Price per night from € 50 (breakfast included)

Hotel Majestic
Obilićev Venac 28, Belgrade
2 min of walking from IES to Hotel
Price from € 75 (breakfast included)

Envoy Hotel
Čika Ljubina 13, Belgrade
1min of walking from IES to Hotel
Price from € 110 (breakfast included)

Travel from Airport “Nikola Tesla” to city center

From airport to Belgrade center – use links for detailed information.
Travel by bus
Travel by taxi (1st taxi zone)
Download local travel info - buses, taxis, parking (pdf)

Travel expenses

Reimbursement is available for invited participants and well as representatives from ministries, research councils and service providers of potential CESSDA member countries and CESSDA member service providers. The budget for reimbursement is limited, therefore the "first-come, first served" rule will be applied.

Download travel expenses reimbursement procedure (pdf)
Download contract on the coverage of expenditures (Word)




The 2nd Widening Meeting 2018 is organised within the CESSDA ERIC Work Plan Task on Widening Activities 2018. The following are partners in the task:

Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA)
Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Social Science Data Archives (ADP)
Swedish National Data Service (SND)
Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS)
Tárki Data Archive (TÁRKI)


The meeting is hosted by:


The Institute of Economic Sciences / Institut ekonomskih nauka
Zmaj Jovina 12
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel. +381 11 2623 055, 2622 357
Fax. +381 11 2181 471

Contact info for the event:

Email - general:
Jelena Banović, +381-61-72-54-146 (
Aleksandra Bradić-Martinović, +381-64-12-33-254 (

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