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Multilingual Access to Data Infrastructures of the European Research Area - MADIERA, Final Report, EUR 23148

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00139


Empirical comparative social research in Europe is hampered by a fragmentation of the scientific information space. Data and its derivatives, information and knowledge, are often scattered in space and divided by language and institutional barriers. The MADIERA data infrastructure is an answer to this. The MADIERA portal enables and promotes the development of a thoroughly comparative and cumulative research process that will be integrating and nurturing the entire European Research Area.
By using Nesstar and Semantic Web technology, the MADIERA project has developed a user friendly, highly functional and fully integrated web interface to data and resources distributed at various sites throughout the European Research Area.
The MADIERA portal provides access to an unprecedented quantity of social sciences quantitative datasets using an easy to use web interface. It harvests metadata from statistical datasets and variables published on the Semantic Web from all the largest European social sciences data archives, organizes and makes them available using a set of multilingual thesauri and taxonomies.

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