beQuali : concrete cases for the classes in sociology of the family

At Paris Descartes University, some courses in sociology link up with practice. Christophe Giraud, a teacher in sociology of the family, invites his students to confront the use of research survey data already tested, disseminated by beQuali, to test their analytical capacity.

Wanting to intensify the qualitative data analysis - often neglected in favor of collection methods -, Christophe Giraud mobilizes the data corpus of the survey The formation of couples by Michel Bozon and François Héran (1983-85) to train his students.

Processing this corpus as a material to analyze, each student was asked to produce a thematic sheet of an interview of the investigation, following the methods of the anchored theorization, and to develop new results concerning the setting in couple, in particular by the generational comparison.

This pedagogical experience, presented during the 2018 DIME-SHS colloquium, is continuing in 2019 : students divided into groups have the objective of comparing the cases and produce a thesis.

USPC reiterate its support to DIME-SHS

After awarding its label in June 2010, and give grant of nearly € 500k in 2015 as part of its action program “Plateformes, infrastructures et équipements de recherche”, USPC reiterates its support to the Equipex DIME-SHS at the end of 2018 by a new subsidy of € 86.4k for investments for the future.

Thereby, USPC confirms its recognition of the structuring nature of the instruments made available to the scientific community since the installation of Equipex in 2011.

In addition to other sources of funding, this grant will constitute in 2019 an essential contribution to initiate actions to maintain the existing ELIPSS survey service beyond the Equipex ending.

It will notably be used to co-finance the renewal of the panel’s sample, with a view to pursuing the excellence requirement that has characterized the project since its inception.

Welcome to the new Equipex DIME-SHS website

For the September 28th, 2018 conference entitled “Tools to conduct research in Social Sciences”, DIME-SHS is publishing its new website, and reaching out to an international audience, with content entirely available in English.

On this website, you can find presentations about the ELIPSS, beQuali and Dime Web tools, as well as a list of productions from EquipEx.

DIME-SHS conference - September 28th, 2018

Since 2011, the Equipex DIME-SMS1 team has innovated to establish new research tools. After operating for 7 years, it has now begun the last step of its cycle.

On September 28th, 2018, the DIME-SHS conference entitled “Tools to conduct research in Social Sciences” will make sharing analyses and results from equipment-tools data possible.


9h30 - 10h00 / Introductory lecture

Replication, reuse and crossing of the corpus : challenges and opportunities for DIME-SHS - Nicolas Sauger, DIME-SHS scientific director, CDSP director)

10h00 - 10h45 / Co-producing data for research with ELIPSS

Daily national mobility panel : first results of a longitudinal survey - first wave - Thomas Buhler, lecturer at the University of Franche-Comté - Philippe Signoret, research engineer at the University of Franche-Comté Understanding the representation of territorial networks : GlobalMap, first results and methodology - Claude Grasland, Professor at the University Paris Diderot - Clarisse Didelon-Loiseau, Professor at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

11h00 - 11h45 / Reuse qualitative datas for research and teaching

Reuse qualitative datas to study the “European integration paradox” : - Anja Thomas, associated PhD at CERI Teaching with pre-existing qualitative datas - Christophe Giraud, Professor at the University of Paris Descartes

11h45 - 12h30 / Tools and digital methods to apprehend the Web as a survey field

Using Hyphe in social sciences - Benjamin Ooghe-Tabanou, research engineer at Médialab, and Manager of the Dime Web tool Controverses tools regarding vaccines - Jérémy Ward, research associate at LIED PIERI and research engineer at ORS-PACA - Paul Guille-Escuret, PhD student at the University Paris Sorbonne - Florian Cafiero, associate researcher at l’Ecole des Chartes

14h00 - 15h30 / Panel discussion “Open data and privacy”, moderated by Guillaume Garcia (CDSP research engineer and beQuali team Manager) and Mathieu Jacomy (former Dime Web research engineer)

  • Claire Levallois Barthes, Law lecturer at Télécom ParisTech, ‘Values and Personal Data Policy chair’ coordinator
  • Daniel Bizeul, associate researcher at Crespaa-CSU and Professor at the University of Angers
  • Céline Alazard, archivist and “Archives, Documentation, Digitization” technological platform manager at the University of Bourgogne
  • Emilie Masson, legal expert and member of the Computing and freedom correspondent team at the CNRS

15h45 - 17h15 / panel discussion “textual analysis as a back-up for data mining”, moderated by Jean-Philippe Cointet (researcher at Sciences Po’s Médialab)

  • Dominique Labbé, associate researcher at PACTE
  • Maxime Crépel, research engineer at Medialab, and Diego Antolinos-Basso, data-mining developer at CEVIPOF
  • Florent Gougou, lecturer at Sciences Po Grenoble, and researcher at PACTE


The DIME-SHS conference entitled “Tools to conduct research in Social Sciences” aims to reach a large audience amongst those who use social sciences data :
- Researchers and professors - Researchers, users, people interested in and curious about DIME-SHS tools and the data they produce (research teams, professors etc.), - engineers specialized in production, information processing, analysis and representation of Social and Human Sciences research data, - students who wish to engage in research, - PhD students interested in data analysis methods, - multidisciplinary project developers, - Data-use training manager.

Practical informations

The DIME-SHS conference “Tools to conduct research in Social Sciences” is free and open to all after registration. You can sign up here.

The DIME-SHS conference “Tools to conduct research in Social Sciences” will be held at the Société Nationale d’Horticulture de France, at 84 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

  1. Equipex DIME-SMS received support from The National Agency for Research, under the “Investments for tomorrow” programme (ANR-10-EQPX-19-01).

2017 update evaluating the advances from midpoint to the final action programme

Initiated in 2011, Equipex DIME-SHS was evaluated by an international and independent jury, which recognized the “impressive” results achieved after 7 years of existence.

EquipEx, which is supposed to come to an end on 2019, has been able to achieve most of its scheduled investments, thus reaching a cruising speed :

  1. The BeQuali database now gathers hundreds of interviews
  2. A panel of about 3000 people is interviewed every month for the ELIPSS tool, thus forming a catalogue of more than 50 surveys
  3. A new version of the Hyphe software was delivered by Dime Web, for an easier installment and higher performance.

At the end of 2017, the teams are fully operating. In addition to the operational coordination hub, 15 engineers funded thanks to the ANR, develop, maintain and make the tools function, alongside permanent staff also working on the project.

For the first two years, in accordance with the 2018-2019 action plan given to the ANR, the efforts will focus on actions that provide value to the data made available since the launch of Equipex (especially with two scientific events scheduled), and on the execution of the elements that can insure a perpetuation of the tools.

A new Scientific manager

After a change in the executive branch of the Center for Social and Political Data, DIME-SMS will be welcoming next fall 2017 a new scientific manager.

After suggesting and carrying out the development of the DIME-SHS project, Laurent Lesnard, a sociologist, will be replaced by Nicolas Sauger, a political scientist.

DIME-SHS present for the CDSP’s 10-year anniversary on December 12 and 13, 2016

DIME-SHS teams were invited on December 12 and 13, 2016 at “the CDSP’s 10-year anniversary” to hold several workshops on Equipex’ most prominent tools : case studies, feedback sessions, testimonies and demos. Six sessions that were entirely dedicated to the beQuali, ELIPSS and Dime Web tools.

CNRS crystal medal

The CNRS President and the Institute of human and social sciences Director just awarded the 2015 cristal medal to Anne Cornilleau and Anne-Sophie Cousteaux - qualitative teams coordinators at the CDSP - and to Geneviève Michaud - IT team coordinator at the CDSP.

Those medals are a token of appreciation from the CNRS for their commitment and the excellent work they achieved since 2005 at the CDSP, and since 2011 as members of the DIME-SHS Equipex team. Those awards also illustrate the important role engineers, who work side by side with researchers, have in research.

Pilot stage : team recrutement


In order to insure the launch of Equipex, an important wave of recrutement was initiated, from the beginning of the project.

At the end of the pilot phase (2011-2012), 2 developers and 8 engineers dedicated to Quali(2), Quanti (4) and Web (2) instruments joined the initial coordination team, thus bringing DIME-SHS staff number to 16.

Right before the development of Equipex, other recrutements will be made in 2013 and 2014 to guarantee a good expansion of the facilities that were already tested

Inauguration of Equipex - January 27, 2012

On January 27, 2012, the CDSP organized a launch day for its Equipex DIME-SHS. This event was held in the presence of Richard Descoing, administrator of the National Foundation of political science, and Laurent Lesnard, project leader. Equipex was presented to the academic community.