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First German-French Socio-economic Conference

Data situation, data access and data needs for European social research - a comparison between France and Germany*

at the Social Science Research Center Berlin
(WZB – Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)
December 15-16, 2003

Comparative social research is indispensable for the development of a European Social Model. The availability of comparable data and easy access for researchers is crucial for them to develop scientific evidence on the development of European societies. Hence, the Founding Committee for the German Council for Social and Economic Data (Gründungsausschuss des Rates für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten) and the Conseil scientifique du Comité de concertation pour le données en sciences humaines et sociales jointly organize two conferences focussing on the crucial issues of stocktaking of available data, and data accessibility as well as future needs in terms of data availability, data comparability between member states and comparative data analysis.

While the first conference concentrates on a French-German comparison, the second one will extend to the European perspective, bringing in experts for other European countries, including new EU member states and accession countries.

The first conference is designed for approximately 30 participants. Experts from France and Germany both from research institutions and administration will participate. For the second conference participation is extended to other countries. The first conference takes place in Germany, the second one in France.

*The conference is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and kindly supported by the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)