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International Cooperations

SHARE Sister Studies 

  • HRS - Health and Retirement Study
  • ELSA - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
  • TILDA - The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
  • CHARLS - Chinese Health and Retirement Survey
  • ELSI-Brasil - Estudo Longitudinal de Saúde do Idoso
  • JSTAR - The Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement
  • KLoSA - The Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging
  • LASI - The Longitudinal Aging Study in India
  • MHAS - Mexican Health and Aging Study

Current Project Cooperations

On 11-12 March 2019, the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) project's kick-off took place in Utrecht. SSHOC will realize the social sciences and humanities part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by offering access to research data and related services adapted to the needs of the SSH community. SHARE is one 47 organizations to take part in the project and leads the work package on "Innovations in data access".

SHARE is participating in RITrain. This project will develop a flagship training programme enabling RIs across all domains to gain expertise on governance, organisation, financial and staff management, funding, IP, service provision and outreach in an international context. It will be designed and delivered by experts who have set up and managed RIs from concept to maturity. RItrain will define competencies required by RIs through consultation with their senior managers.
The resulting competency framework will underpin a Bologna-compliant degree, the Master in Research Infrastructure Management, with three delivery routes.

  1. Professionals working in RIs (or organisations representing them) can dip into the content, focusing on areas where there is most need.
  2. Management teams can take the course as an organisation, dividing modules between them to gain a certificate for the RI. This will flag the RI as an organisation that values staff development, improving its attractiveness as an employer.
  3. Recent graduates and others wishing to enhance their employability can take a full master's degree.

Course content will include webinars led by senior managers of RIs. A staff-exchange programme will catalyse exchange of best practice and foster cooperation to develop a mobile work force effective across many RIs. By the end of the project RItrain will be delivering a master's curriculum funded through course fees. Others with an interest in adopting it will be encouraged to do so, providing a means of expanding the programme. Europe's research community and global collaborators will gain from world-class facilities to support excellent, high-impact research to benefit humankind.

Other International Cooperations

Communications collaboration between European Research Infrastructures

A collaboration in terms of communications with the current four ERICs in the SSH (CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS, SHARE) and CESSDA was established in order to create synergies and draw on each others' strengths. In addition, PARTHENOS, which supports the work of CLARIN and DARIAH, as well as CLARIAH, a national counterpart to CLARIN and DARIAH in the Netherlands, which is directly and deeply embedded in the Europe-wide ESFRI enterprise, were brought on board as an important part of this initiative. Communications staff have started working together on a draft plan for joint communication activities and have regular virtual meetings.

Former Project Cooperations

(The project began on 1 July 2015 and ended on 30 June 2019)
Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS), aims to equip Europe’s social science data infrastructures to play a major role in addressing the key societal challenges facing Europe today and ensure that national and European policymaking is built on a solid base of the highest-quality socio-economic evidence.
The project brings together leading European Research Infrastructures in the social sciences – the European Social Survey (ESS ERIC), the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE-ERIC) and Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA AS) – alongside organisations representing the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), European Values Study (EVS) and the WageIndicator Survey. It aims to exploit potential synergies and overcome existing fragmentation across infrastructures in order to enhance the key role played by these infrastructures, which form the bedrock of empirical social science in Europe.

(The project began on 1 February 2010 and ended on 31 January 2015)
CHANCES – “The Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States” project was a coordinated multi-country study that aimed to harmonize data from longitudinal cohort studies in Europe and the USA in order to produce evidence on ageing-related health characteristics and on determinants of healthy ageing among the elderly in these countries. Apart from SHARE, cohorts from thirteen studies were included in the project. Overall, 683,228 elderly, from twenty countries of the European Union, three other European countries, and three non-European countries were included in the cohorts participating in CHANCES. Further information on the project is available in the European Journal of Epidemiology (2014), Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 929–936.

(The infrastructure project ended on 31 December 2014)
DASISH - "Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities" provides solutions to a number of common issues relevant for the five ESFRI projects in social science and humanities, being CESSDA, CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS and SHARE and therefore is supporting infrastructure construction. These five infrastructures are presently at different stages in the process of establishing ERICs. DASISH has identified four major areas namely data quality, data archiving, data access and legal and ethics.The activities in these four 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.Through DASISH the participating infrastructures will not only obtain new solutions for specific problems and a consolidation of their infrastructure building, but will work out solutions facilitating interdisciplinary cross-walks of their researchers. This will be of mutual benefit for the five infrastructures and the communities they serve.


Related SHARE Projects

  • SHARE M4 - (Multinational Advancement of Research Infrastructures on Ageing)
  • SHARELIFE Project  - Collection of Retrospective Life Histories
  • SHARE LEAP - Longitudinal Enhancement and Access ImProvement of the SHARE Infrastructure
  • SHARE PREP - Major Upgrade of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe – preparatory phase
  • SAGE - Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health