The Tárki Foundation was established in 1990 with the aim to improve social research activities and the network of researchers. It operates the Data Archive, which is the largest social science databank in Hungary, providing access for researchers and university students.
Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board of Trustees:
Professor Béla Janky, associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Members of the Board of Trustees:
Operated by the Tárki Foundation, the Data Archive provides free access to archived data on social sciences for national and international research communities. We strive to be up-to-date on new data archiving technologies and we moreover aim to enhance cost-effective social research by enabling secondary analyses, to develop the Hungarian research infrastructure, and to support researchers by our databank services.
Within its public interest activities, the Tárki Foundation provides free access to the databases in the Tárki Data Archive for Hungarian university students and professors and research institutions. Due to its countywide network, the Data Archive has strong connections with social science faculties in Budapest and in the countryside. Therefore, the databases help educational and research institutions all over the country.
The Data Archive collects and stores databases on empirical social science researches. Most of the data result from surveys but other type of data, such as historical statistics or census data can also be found in it. They are stored digitally, in SPSS format, but they can be requested in other formats as well. Data that contain personal information are anonymized.
The Tárki Foundation is a Hungarian service provider in CESSDA ERIC (CESSDA stands for Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives and ERIC stands for European Research Infrastructure Consortium.) CESSDA provides large-scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences. It brings together social science data archives across Europe, with the aim of promoting the results of social science research and supporting national and international research and cooperation. CESSDA is owned and financed by the individual member states’ ministries of research or a delegated institution. Norway is hosting CESSDA and the main office is located in Bergen. Click here to read more about CESSDA.
The Tárki Data Archive acquires databases through international research and data exchange programs. It is a member of diverse database organizations (as the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, ICPSR). These international data are accessible to the Hungarian users through our Data Archive. Moreover, numerous Hungarian data of international researches (as the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP); the European Social Survey (ESS)) are accessible in it as well and we offer help to access various international databanks.
The operational costs of the Tárki Foundation is partly covered by grants and partly by corporate funders, however we do not receive such funds since 2012.
Together with Tárki Social Research Institute, the Tárki Foundation has been a member of the Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID) project since 2013. After the first part of the project between 2013 and 2017, it continued under the name Supporting Expertise in Inclusive Growth (InGRID-2) and will last until 2021. Within this project, the Tárki Foundation takes part in the Transnational Access program, whereby it hosts and helps PhD students and provides them access to data on income distribution and household monitoring in Hungary. Young researchers consult experts on income distribution and prepare studies from the Data Archive’s databases.
The Tárki Data Archive participated in the CESSDA-SaW: Strengthening and widening the European infrastructure for social science data archives project consortium, funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union. After the establishment of CESSDA ERIC, the aim of this project was to achieve full European coverage, to strengthen the network and to ensure sustainability of its data for the widened network. The primary ambition was to establish the conditions for, and initiate the movement towards a seamless social science data archive service for the whole of the European Research Area (ERA). The project began in September 2015 and lasted until the end of 2017. Click here to read the results of the project.
In the beginning of 2012, the Tárki Data Archive successfully won the lot named "Dissemination of databases" of the “21st century public education development and coordination” grant application. The aim of the project was to support the research, development and innovation activities of educational institutions through providing structured and user-friendly datasets.
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