The ESRC has an e-Social Science strategy made up of three components:
The Training and Awareness programme consists of a number of projects, ultimately co-ordinated by NCeSS. These projects are ReDReSS, the Agenda Setting Workshop programme and Fast Track, which produced the materials you are reading now. The programme as a whole aims to educate the social science community in e-Science and to demonstrate the benefits that Grid technologies may bring to the discipline
The pilot demonstrator projects began in the autumn of 2003 and cover several areas (details can be found at the e-Social Science Initiative page on the ESRC site). Whereas SAMD and other projects have focussed on certain Economic areas, other projects have looked at social policy such the Youth Offending issue e.g. 'Collaborative Analysis of Offenders' Personal and Area-Based Social Exclusion'.
NCeSS has the goal of developing an e-Social Science (e-SS) culture that pervades the research community, aiming to make e-SS as easy to use as the Web. NCeSS has a distributed structure, comprised of a co-ordinating Hub, based at the University of Manchester in collaboration with the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex, and a set of research-based Nodes distributed across the UK. Training and Awareness materials are available via the NCeSS web site.