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COVID-19 Social Sciences Data Portal

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It has become obvious to all in the past months that the COVID crisis has strong and multiple ramifications in the social sciences and humanities (SSH), not only for tackling urgent issues, but for devising approaches for the long term. The pandemic has already had a momentous impact on European societies. The way of life of millions of people, the role of the state, and European and world politics are but a few aspects that have been dramatically affected. The pandemic has also triggered a host of debates over appropriate responses to the crisis and its long-term implications.

The disease is spread through social interaction and depends on the decisions of individual people to follow or not follow rules. We need to know how infection rates are affected by occupation, age, and other factors, as well as how measures such as social distancing mitigate the spread. We equally need to understand the economic, political, legal and social consequences of these measures. Research is key to answering these questions.

Research is key to answering these questions and data is absolutely crucial for research. Social scientists need access to data about infections, testing, and deaths; data about income and social status; data about well-being; and documentary data, such as government decrees and laws. 

A team of EUI professors and researchers has been constructing a Data Portal which houses and systematises key datasets on these and related topics for the benefit of current and future research.

This EUI Social Sciences Data Portal aims to provide a “one stop shop” for diverse data on the social, economic and political effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative is built around three pillars:

  1. Provide a single point of entry for the different resources and outputs on COVID-19 and its consequences in the social sciences and humanities;

  2. Identify, direct towards and store datasets, and encourage the sharing and citation of new datasets;

  3. Facilitate interactions between academics by providing a forum, and between datasets by curating and valorising the data. 

The data portal team are David Levine, Sébastien Huber, Nicole Stoelinga, Hanno Kase, Simone Sacchi and Bernard Hoekman.The first fruits of their efforts can be found in these data tables.

More details of their plan can be found here.

For more information please contact David Levine.

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Page last updated on 06 August 2020