With regard to the national context, APIS, along with the Infrastructure of Social and Political Attitudes (IASPP), form the Production and Archive of Social Science Data (PASSDA) which is part of the Portuguese Roadmap of Research-Infrastructures, launched by the national funding agency FCT in 2015. PASSDA aims at the production, analyses and archiving of data provided by national and international social sciences studies. Its institutional partners/nodes are: Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS/UL); Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES/UC); Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP/UL); Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG/UL); ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL).


Consortium of European Social Science Data Archive (CESSDA) is the entity that brings European data archives together. Cooperation between European archives allows a common approach to research data management by sharing best practices, standards and technical expertise. It also allows lowering barriers among countries concerning access to high quality research resources. CESSDA was recognised as a landmark in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastrucutres Roadmap (ESFRI), and will soon become a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).

APIS has been developing a partnership with CESSDA and is committed in becoming a full member of this European infrastructure but whose formalisation is contingent upon the decision of national decision-makers on scientific policy.