The growing importance of question data banks as a key service of social science data archives is already reflected in the increasing number of impressive solutions at individual institutions. However, the goals of the new CESSDA-ERIC imply greater integration and coordination of such services and tools that are made available to the international research community. The 2011 CESSDA expert seminar focused on the strategic, conceptual, and technical challenges of implementing a cross-national question databank. How far will we be able to go toward integration?
The first day of the seminar included presentations of existing solutions across different CESSDA institutions, with discussion of key issues and challenges. The second day included presentations that addressed the future of question databanks in Europe.
The third day (Saturday) was dedicated to discovering some of the sights and pleasures of the region around Lausanne.