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Introducing da|ra SearchNet: the integrated data portal for the social sciences

Presenter 1
Tanya Friedrich
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Presenter 2
Brigitte Hausstein
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Presenter 3
Daniel Hienert
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Data Sharing is largely dependent on infrastructure that facilitates search for and retrieval of research data. Currently, however, the landscape of data repositories and metadata services is uneven and incoherent even within disciplinary boundaries. In our project da|raSearchNet we address this problem for the case of the social sciences by designing and implementing an integrated search infrastructure that aims at fostering data sharing within the discipline. We build on the outcomes of the completed project “da|ra – development of a registration agency for social science data” that already integrates metadata from nearly 20.000 data files and other resources from more than 30 data providers in one database and search application. We are planning to extend this service by automizing our existent metadata recording workflows and by incorporating even more metadata from large comparative survey programmes, from data archives around the world, from qualitative data providers, and other relevant players. Our goal is to establish da|raSearchNet as a comprehensive, easy-to-use metadata store for secondary researchers. In our presentation we describe in detail how we will approach this task in terms of international networking and cooperation, metadata standardization, and search engine technology.

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