The FORS Data Service has close ties with other archives and is actively involved in scientific and institutional collaborations on the national and international level.

National partnerships

Federal Statistical Office - FSO
Since its creation, FORS has had several collaborations with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). One of the first joint projects aimed at promoting the use of public administration surveys for research purposes.

These surveys cover various themes, such as economics, education, mobility, and health, and aim for understanding the evolution of society in its entirety.

With the goal of promoting the use of public statistical data, the FORS data service:

Research centers in education
FORS has agreements with several major institutions that collect information on projects in the field of educational research. Project descriptions in the following databases are sent directly to FORS. Therefore, it is not necessary to register these projects in FORSbase.

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education – SCCRE

The SCCRE supports the exchange of information among researchers in the field of education. It operates the secretariat of the Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE) and houses the SSRE’s archives.

Swiss Center for Special Education – SCSE

The SCSE is a documentation center dealing with issues relating to education, schooling and the training of persons with special educational needs and disabilities. As a documentation centre, it provides an information platform, organises seminars and publishes the Revue suisse de pédagogie spécialisée as well as the Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Heilpädagogik. FORSbase hosts project descriptions and special education data.

Service de la recherche en éducation – SRED

The SRED produces a set of indicators and public statistics on the Geneva education system. It conducts research projects and carries out evaluations aimed at deepening knowledge of issues directly related to the services and activities of the Geneva education and training system.

Administration Research Actions Management Information System - ARAMIS
The ARAMIS information system contains information regarding research projects and assessments that are either run or funded by the Federal Administration. It has been operational since 1997 to ensure greater transparency and cooperation in the area of policy sector research.
FORS has an agreement with ARAMIS to exchange relevant information. Thus, the projects registered in this database are directly transmitted to FORS and it is therefore not necessary to register them in FORSbase. The ARAMIS database is published online.

International partnerships

Due to the globalization and the process of internationalization, international collaborations have become essential in all fields and even more so in the scientific domain. On the one hand, they facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information and data between countries, and on the other hand, they allow the sharing of international experiences and a more efficient use of data and resources.

With this in mind, the FORS Data Service collaborates with various institutions around the world and makes all its data freely available to the national and international scientific community.

Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives - CESSDA ERIC
FORS is a member of the CESSDA ERIC consortium (European Research Infrastructure Consortium), a network of European social science data archives which, as a coordinating body, contributes to the definition of documentation standards, regulates the circulation of data within the network and promotes international exchange. FORS’ membership within CESSDA gives Swiss researchers easy access to data distributed by all member archives.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - ICPSR
The ICPSR is one of the oldest and certainly one of the largest data archives in the world. This consortium attached to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ensures access to American datasets but also to the most important foreign datasets, for example the Eurobarometers of the European Union. ICPSR relies on a network of institutional members, usually universities, colleges or research institutes, which also provide funding. Each member organization has an official representative. It is the contact point for those seeking support in the search for data. Staff and students of member schools and institutes have free access to the data. The ICPSR has set up an authentication system that allows direct access to data for any person operating the download from a station of one of the member organizations.

In Switzerland, access to ICPSR data is provided by three institutions:

Organisation Data accessRepresentative
FORSDirect access for staff and students from the universities of Lausanne, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Bern, Basel and St. Gallen, the Federal Institutes of Technology and the universities of applied sciences. (For these universities of applied sciences, a direct access will be set up soon. Until then interested persons can contact the FORS ICPSR representative.)Stefan Buerli
University of Geneva The personnel and the students of the University of Geneva have to address their demands for data to the official representative Eugène Horber
University of Zürich Direct access for the personnel and the students of the University of Zurich Daniele Helminger

Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg - LIS
The LIS is an international data centre that provides researchers with a harmonised database on socio-economic aspects. It integrates microdata from the various national surveys conducted at regular intervals in the 41 participating countries, including Switzerland. The strong point of this database is obviously the fact that it allows international comparisons, as well as over time. It is thus very popular among students in political, economic and social sciences, but also among researchers working in the fields of poverty and income inequality.

As Switzerland is a member of the project, researchers and students from Switzerland can register with LIS to use these microdata free of charge, according to the LIS dissemination modalities. It should also be noted that the LIS makes several hundred working papers freely available on its website. Finally, a workshop is organized every summer in Luxembourg to learn more about this database and the possibilities it offers. More information can be found on the website.