The Data without Boundaries – DwB – project came to a formal end on 30 April 2015. This is the index page used during the project.

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.

Under-use of Official Microdata

There is an existing wealth of official microdata, currently under-used and held behind national, legislative, technical, and cultural borders. This can be resolved via increased cross-national cooperation and strengthened political will. Through a series of tools and international events, DwB seeks to address and improve this situation.

Creating an Integrated Model

DwB contributes to the creation 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.

Enhanced Transnational Access

DwB enhances researchers’ transnational access to official microdata through coordination of existing infrastructures: the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and the European Statistical System (ESS). Use the left navigation pane to learn more about our mission towards easy, yet informed and responsible access to official microdata for research.