Social science database in peril

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December 11, 1978 - SocScan funding critical

Executive Director Designate John Trent petitions the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to fund the SocScan project. The Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) uses $100,000 to fund SocScan, but needs further support to sustain the project. If the board cannot allocate funds, they will be forced to terminate the project. The SSFC believes they have sufficiently gotten “SocScan off the ground” and with the appropriate resources it will pay for itself as an information service for the social science community. In February 1979, SSHRC refuses to further fund SocScan. The program survives in July 1980 when Ed Hannis of Western takes control of the database.