ODISSEI

ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) works to develop a sustainable research infrastructure for the social sciences in the Netherlands. Through ODISSEI, researchers within the social sciences have access to large-scale, longitudinal data collections connected to registrations from Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This virtual web enables researchers to answer new, cross-disciplinary research questions and to investigate existing questions in new ways.

ODISSEI is a collaborative project initiated by the project leaders of a number of large-scale data collections, CBS, SURFsara, CentERdata and NWO. The creation of a national data platform has been included in the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure 2016-2020. Led by Pearl Dykstra, professor of Empirical Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the various partners involved will work together to realise this data platform. An application to this effect was submitted to the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure in early June 2017. A bridging financing of 500,000 euro has been obtained in January 2018.

With ODISSEI, the social sciences in the Netherlands are taking a crucial step towards a sustainable, large-scale infrastructure for the collection, interconnection and publication of data, which allows researchers to address questions concerning migration, employment, health and security from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The goal set by ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) is to create a national data infrastructure for the social sciences in the Netherlands. All social-science researchers in the Netherlands have access to the data contained in this infrastructure. ODISSEI provides them with the facilities to experiment and innovate. The project is aimed at social-science research data collected through observation methods or by linking with registers.

ODISSEI is a national initiative. This ensures a data infrastructure that is sustainable in its organisation and funding. Furthermore, by adopting a national perspective, the advantages of upscaling, knowledge exchange (in the legal sphere, for instance), mutual enrichment, and international collaboration are exploited to the fullest extent.