In 2006 EDAC was initially established as an initiative under the EU Framework 6 Network of Excellence "Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe" . With this network coming to a close in 2011, EDAC now continues independently as a consortium, financed by five instutions who are represented in its Consortium Board. EDAC is hosted by CEPS-INSTEAD, Luxemburg, and coordinated by Prof. Wim van Oorschot, Leuven University, Belgium.The web site provides information on and links to : (a) data of a series of European and international comparative opinion surveys, which focus on people's values, beliefs and attitudes concerning a broad range of social issues, including opinions on issues of work and welfare. (b) data of a series of European and international comparative socio-economic surveys, which usually measure work, income and household situations at the level of individuals and/or households, but also included are surveys that measure various work and employment practices at the level of firms and organisations.(c) access to a series of European and international comparative data banks with aggregated social indicators and statistics that are relevant to the areas of work and welfare, also including data banks in related fields such as economic production, education, demographics, health and safety, families, industrial relations, migration, politics, taxes and contributions, etc.(d) access to a series of European and international comparative data banks and reports with information on policies and institutions that are relevant in the areas of work and welfare, also including policies and institutions in related fields such as education, health and safety, families, industrial relations, migration, taxes and contributions, etc. The site also provides links to national data archives, national statistical offices, data portals, data search engines, information gateways, and global statistical data banks, etc.
Inventory is freely accessible on the Internet.