20 years of social sciences data curation and preservation in Slovenia

The Slovenian social sciences data archive called Arhiv družboslovnih podatkov (ADP) was established in 1997 when the need for an organizational unit that would preserve and enable re-use of data from the social sciences surveys arised. The establishment of the archive was marked in the beginning of December 2017 with a dedicated panel and a celebration.

The panelists discussed ethical aspects of qualitative research in the social sciences and best practises, among these a need to provide sufficient amount of documentation to be able to understand the data and also questions which include open research data and different access strategies when talking about sharing sensitive data to enable reproducibility and re-use.

Prof Dr Marta Verginella, Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, also spoke about sensitive personal data as research data in the ERC project “EIRENE – Post-war transitions in gendered perspective: the case of the North Eastern Adriatic Region”.



At the celebration, the archive’s timeline was presented. In 1998, a year after establishment, the archive joined CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives) as the founding member. CESSDA ERIC members preserve and ensure access to social sciences data, develop catalogues and tools, and offer trainings. CESSDA’s approach mirrors European open science policy and contributes to the European Open Science Cloud. Ron Dekker, CESSDA ERIC, told that CESSDA members provide access to social sciences data vital to understand the society. CESSDA’s four T’s strategy is about Trust, Training, Technology, and Tools. Research Infrastructures Roadmap 2011-2020, adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, recognized the need for Slovenia to be part of CESSDA.

Currently, more than 600 data sets from social sciences are available for re-use in ADP. Metadata from ADP are included in CESSDA catalogue.

ADP promotes digital data stewardship as a profession and a research topic, organizes trainings for data depositors and users, and supports data management planning. The archive exchanges best practises with other data archives. ADP is in the process of gaining CoreTrustSeal.

Klinar’s Award is given each year also for the best final work of studies using data from ADP (15 prizes were awarded since 2013; Prof Peter Klinar was a distinguished Slovenian researcher in sociology).

ADP team

Photo Credits: Primož Hrvacki, Mojca Kotar

Mojca Kotar

Mojca Kotar, Assistant Secretary General of the University of Ljubljana in the University Office of Library Services. OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk for Slovenia.

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