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The humanities and social sciences are hampered by a raft of problems caused by the current state of research infrastructures at European level. This has severe consequences for the possibilities of conducting comparative European empirical research. Against this background a European strategy is proposed that addresses the current problems.
In outline, the central proposal is to establish a European Research Observatory for the Humanities and Social Sciences (EROHS), which will build upon existing resources, and both actively and systematically promote synergy and coherency. EROHS will be guided by four main principles:
- The facilitation of access to and sharing of existing European and national data, thereby more efficiently and effectively linking data resources already available.
- The development of improved standards and documentation relating to existing European and national data in order to enhance the scientific quality of data and their potential for interoperability.
- The generation of new and genuinely European data. This will involve both the collection of new data and the digitalisation of materials not currently computerised.
- The provision of research training programmes for the next generation of researchers.
EROHS promises to strengthen interdisciplinary and cross-border collaboration and comparative research on a European dimension. Further, it will enhance the building of research infrastructure capacity in today¿s the less resourced European countries. Finally, it will increase the opportunities for improving knowledge on social processes and thus holds great potential in terms of advising European and national policy-makers on how to manage the challenges currently being faced by the societies of Europe.

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