The Social Data Bank does not
only provide information on social data . It also compiles, documents
and files data. For this purpose, the
EKKE's Social-Economic Data Archive (SDA) was created.
It I essentially a storage place for a significant number of data
groups. The SDA's administration lays with the documentation
department of the Research
Support Division. Data is imported into the SDA and processed
according to the Special Information Bank model. The Archive provides
information regarding the encoding of the variables, thus contributing
to the formation of relatively steady encoding systems for common
use variables i.e. administrative divisions (countries, regions,
prefectures etc) or the professions. The adoption of standard
criteria and encoding systems by the research community contributes
to rendering data comparable. Unfortunately this a long and arduous
process which has yet to be completed.
The Social-Economic Data Archive was originally designed within
the framework of EKKE's Structural Modernization and begun to
function as part of the "Development of Special Information
Bank" Act funded by the "Kleisthenes" business
program. The SDA's purpose is to file data into treasures, thus
facilitating the search of both the autonomous data groups and
the partial variables.
SDA contains three data thesaurus:
a) The microdata thesaurus which
contains primary data collected in individual empirical research.
This is not only EKKE research but data produced by other agencies
b) The macrodata thesaurus which
contains data produced by microdata analyzing and processing conducted
by individual researchers at Greek Universities, research centers
or other agencies, or produced by major data organizations such
as EUROSTAT, OECD, major European social data archives etc.
c) The database thesaurus
These databases are composed of research data or major productions
on specific subjects which are processed to form uniform data
groups. The data contained in them, is possible to be collected
primary through systematic listings or secondary by processing
others data. In the databases it is possible to input the results
of specific analyses and processes. Data enrollment in a specific
data base presupposes a special standard processing of the specific
Application for data