The creation of the database, currently available in alpha version, is a key milestone within the SSHOC project, and showcases the success of coordinated action aimed at bringing together the data from ethnic and migrant minority (EMM) populations into a centralised repository and rendering it FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable).
The Registry is open and online, and in time, will house the results of no less than 600 quantitative surveys administered to ethnic minorities in some 35 European countries.
Led by Laura Morales, Professor in Political Science/Comparative Politics at the CEE (Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée) of Sciences Po, the SSHOC T9.2 work group collaborated with COST Action 16111 - ETHMIGSURVEYDATA and with the IT company Youngminds to develop and design the EMM Survey Registry. Professor Morales was supported during the project by Ami Saji, a junior researcher from SSHOC also based at the CEE at Sciences Po.
Ami Saji and Prof. Laura Morales presenting the EMM Survey Registry at the Ethmig Survey Data meeting in Rome, July 2019
Says Professor Morales, “The EMM Survey Registry is highly innovative. Not only does it encompass and address a multi-disciplinary area within the social sciences, it also embraces and supports the EOSC vision of fostering open research and innovation in Europe (and beyond) by bringing together the currently scattered EMM survey data into a centralised and systematised database. Moreover, we believe our experience in building this resource will provide a roadmap for future efforts to make research data both FAIR and available online.”
The EMM Survey Registry is designed to enable researchers and data communities from the social sciences and humanities to access and fully explore the full range of data emanating from all EMM surveys completed to date. The alpha version includes search and sort functionalities, simple filtering, as well as the full metadata description of each survey. A beta version is expected to be available by late fall/early winter 2019.