Support System for Research Synthesis (SSRS)


Data system
This database differs from current bibliographies and data-archives. It deals with research findings rather than on the sources for such findings. As this method is new, there is no common word for it. We call it a finding-filer.
The data system consists of four related inventories, the interrelations of which are depicted on this flowchart

Website
The contents of all inventories are made visible on the Internet. See technical details.

Uses
This data system is meant to support research synthesis, both narrative literature reviews and quantitative meta-analyses. The system helps to order the available findings and facilitates comparison across time and place. The system is built to cope with the following problems of research integration: a) chronic confusion of tongues, b) growing mass of research findings, c) scattered publication of findings, and d) selective reviewing and retrieval of findings. As such this data system allows a better accumulation of available knowledge.

Components
The system consists of the following components:

Availability of the software
The software of this data system is available on request for colleague investigators on the conditions that: 1) this source is properly cited (see below), 2) that the application made publicly available, and 3) that interested scientists can find the application though a link on this site.

How to adjust the system for your purpose
The present version of this data system is tailored to the subject of happiness, but the system can also be used for research synthesis in other fields. This requires first of all a conceptual design and then a technical implementation

Conceptual design

Technical implementation
Some adjustments to the systems may be needed, dependant on the analysis as described in the previous paragraph and/or the IT environment available. This should be a subject for discussion between the two teams.

Cite as
Ruut Veenhoven and Henk DeHeer, Support System for Research Synthesis (SSRS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands: http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl/datasystem.htm

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