Visits to the Research Data Centres

The DwB project has organised five visit tours to Research Data Centres (RDCs) providing remote access to confidential microdata from official statistics. The RDCs are located in five European countries, and most of the visits took place between March 2013 and March 2014. Through these visits, DwB aimed to promote the transfer of knowledge, in view of contributing to the setting-up of a European distributed remote access network. The visits were directed to staff members in European statistical offices and data archives that have not implemented any RDC yet (in priority) and RDCs  interested in shifting to or implementing a remote access solution.


- Host RDCs & Timeline for Visits
- Content of Visits
- Cost Reimbursement
- Visitors' Expected Feedbacks

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Host Research Data Centres and Timeline for Visits

To facilitate your choice and to have a better overview of the solutions provided by each of these host RDCs, you may refer to this summary table or to our report on the state of play of current SC in Europe.

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Content of Visits

- historical background of the remote access implementation
- national Legal framework
- strategic, technical and organizational directions taken
- output checking and documentation processes
- investment and maintenance costs, fees for researchers
- benefits and drawbacks of the solution
- feedback from users
- demonstrations of the remote access solutions in operation

Each round of visits was limited to three institutions and two persons per institution.

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Cost Reimbursement

The visitors were invited and hosted for 2 days in the premises of the host installations. The DwB project refunds the travel and accommodation expenses upon receipt or documentary evidence that the costs were actually incurred (upper-reimbursement limits may apply).

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Feedback Expected from Visitors

The participants will be asked to evaluate the visit by filling in a questionnaire one month after their visit. They will also be expected to report back the actions taken in their home institution concerning a remote access system one year after their visit.


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