DASISH is a cluster project for the five infrastructures in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) supported by ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. DASISH brings together ESS (European Social Survey), SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe), CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives), CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology) and DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and provides solutions to a number of common issues of these infrastructures. The goal of DASISH is to determine areas of cross-fertilisation and synergy in the infrastructure development and to work on concrete joint activities related to data, such as data access, data sharing, data quality, data archiving and legal and ethical aspects. The activities in these major areas are based on a thorough analysis of the underlying architectures. The outcome forms the basis for educational activities and for outreach to the communities that are to benefit from the work. DASISH aims not only at providing the participating infrastructures with new solutions for specific problems and a consolidation of their infrastructure building, but also at providing solutions facilitating interdisciplinary cross-walks of their researchers.
In concrete terms, MEA has evaluated the paradata of SHARE and ESS, especially the keystroke files which are generated during the CAPI interview, in order to better understand response behavior. MEA has also delivered an overview of data protection and ethical issues pertaining to linked administrative and biomarker data.
The DASISH project has ended on 31 December 2014. A EU-funded follow-up project focusing on joint work with ESS and CESSDA is supposed to start in 2015.