ACCESS Upgrade is funded as a National Research Infrastructure by the Research Council of Norway (project nr. 269920) and NOVA, OsloMet. The infrastructure is a collaboration between NOVA, OsloMet and the Norwegian Center for Research Data (NSD).
Life course studies constitute an important research area for social- and health sciences. In Norway, studies that follow the same individuals over a longer period of time, have been relatively scarce. Through the ACCESS Upgrade infrastructure, researchers and students will gain access to updated and upgraded longitudinal life course data for more than 6,000 men and women aged 49 years and older. Data from the Norwegian Life course, Ageing and Generation panel study (NorLAG) form the basis of this infrastructure. NorLAG combines survey data and with information from public registers addressing key life domains: health and health behaviour, work and retirement, family relations, leisure time, care and quality of life.
By the end of the establishment phase of the infrastructure, information from three waves of survey data (2002, 2007 and 2017) and annual register data for a 20-year period (2002-2022) will be available for research purposes. The data provide unique opportunities for tracing individuals through different life phases and for analysing role changes and life events over time. This way, ACCESS Upgrade will strengthen the foundation for empirical welfare research and provide an important tool for research that can feed into policy goals, such as active ageing, combating social inequalities across the life course, intergenerational solidarity and family-work balances.
During 2017-2022, NOVA and NSD will upgrade and expand the ACCESS Life Course Database infrastructure in order to increase sharing and utility of national longitudinal life course data. We will do this by:
(1) Providing free and easy access to unique and updated life course data, including longitudinal three-wave survey data (2002, 2007, 2017) linked to 20-year register data (2002-2022).
(2) Designing innovative solutions for documentation and archiving of complex longitudinal data sets.
(3) Developing new ways of disseminating data to researchers and students.
(4) Enhancing collaboration between core users and stakeholders in data analysis, research and training.
The governance model includes the following members:
- Board of Directors: Kåre Hagen (Director SVA), Kristin Sverdrup (Research Director OsloMet), Vigdis Kvalheim (Director NSD).
- Management Group: Marijke Veenstra (Project Manager NOVA), Katrine Segadal (Consortium partner NSD), Iver Neumann (NOVA director), Hans Christian Sandlie (Research Director NOVA), Gro Jamtvedt (Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet,), Ann-Helen Bay (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences OsloMet,)
- Project Group: Marijke Veenstra (Project Manager, Leader WP1 and 2), Gry Henriksen (NSD, Leader WP4), Katharina Herlofson (NOVA, leader WP 3), Marja Aartsen (NOVA, Leader WP5), Thomas Hansen (NOVA), Tale Hellevik (NOVA), Hanna Vangen Nordbø (NOVA), Gøril Kvamme Løset (NOVA).
- Campus Group: Kjetil van der Wel & Åsmund Hermansen OsloMet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Are Hugo Pripp, OsloMet, Faculty of Health, Torkild Lyngstad, University of Oslo, Department of Sociology, Tilmann von Soest, University of Oslo, Department of Psychology, Thomas Lorenzen, University of Bergen, Department of Sociology, Morten Blekesaune, University of Agder, Department of Sociology.