The project runs from 2017-2022 and is managed by NOVA and Oslo Metropolitan University, together with the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD). The project builds on the ACCESS Life Course Database is one of the previously funded top-calibre research infrastructures for scientific databases and collections on the Norwegian Roadmap for Infrastructure. By being easily accessible and free of charge to researchers, the infrastructure has established itself as a critical resource for providing scientific evidence that is essential in meeting the challenges of population ageing in Norway.
The infrastructure has attracted an increasing number of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, stimulated national and international research collaborations, provided scientific input to policy development and inspired talented students to pursue a career in research. The current proposal builds on this success and addresses the need to upgrade and expand the existing ACCESS Database to ensure its relevance as a durable infrastructure.
So far, the ACCESS infrastructure has, through extensive data management and documentation, facilitated access to quality assured data from the Norwegian Life course, Ageing and Generation panel study (NorLAG), including a combination of longitudinal survey and register data (2002-2012). Information from more than 15,000 individuals (18-85 years old) and over 5,000 variables is shared through the infrastructure.
An important strength of these data is the focus on multiple life domains (e.g. family, health, care, work, retirement, mastery and wellbeing). Thus, it encourages collaboration across disciplines (e.g. sociology, psychology, demography, economics, health sciences), and offers the promise of fruitful dialogues between researchers who are skilled in the analyses of life pathways and scholars who raise theoretical issues regarding the interplay of life patterns and social contexts.
NOVA, the host of the ACCESS Life Course infrastructure, gives high priority to ensuring the longevity of the infrastructure. The relevance of longitudinal databases, as those included in ACCESS, is highly dependent upon updated data. NOVA has therefore invested considerably in financing a third wave of survey data collection. Approximately 10,000 respondents aged 50 years and older are invited to participate in this follow-up survey.
The new survey data and updated register data call for an expansion of the existing infrastructure from two survey waves and 10-year register data to three survey waves (2002-2007-2016) linked to 20-years of register data (2002-2022).