Data without Boundaries (DwB)

The Data without Boundaries – DwB – project exists to support equal and easy access to official microdata for the European Research Area, within a structured framework where responsibilities and liability are equally shared.

Europe needs a comprehensive and easy-to-access research data infrastructure to be able to continuously produce cutting-edge research and reliable policy evaluations. There is an existing wealth of official microdata, currently under-used and held behind national, legislative, technical, and cultural borders.

These can be crossed over with cooperation and political will. DwB contributes to the creating of an integrated model where the best solutions for access to official statistical microdata are available, irrespective of national boundaries, yet flexible enough to fit national arrangements.

DwB enhances researchers’ transnational access to official micro data through coordination of existing infrastructures, Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and the European Statistical System (ESS).  

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  • European Commission

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