Working Paper Series
For the Competence Center "Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems" (CCSS), it is important to broadly disseminate its output to the scientific community. In particular, there should be a technical framework to efficiently host the research papers produced by the Chairs involved in the CCSS and to allow an automated aggregation of the respective information for activity reports, etc. As a deliverable for the CCSS, our Chair has developed a Working Paper Series portal, which meets these requirements. It can be found at: http://web.sg.ethz.ch/wps.
The WPS portal allows members of the CCSS to upload recent papers they want to share with other scientists. Their submissions become instantaneously available thought this portal, but also get automatically indexed in two leading social science repositories: RePEc  and SSRN . RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 69 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components. All RePEc material is freely available. On the other hand, Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. This way, our research papers become immediately available for the larger scientific community.
From a technical standpoint, the WPS portal was developed in the open source Django web development framework . Django enables development of database driven web sites, and it is based on the Python language .