To develop common European standards and benchmarks for socio-economic research, especially research relating to the Information Society.
To foster high standards in cross-national and cross-disciplinary socio-economic research relating to the IST programme.
To help reduce barriers to the mobility of socio-economic researchers within the EU.
To contribute to broader ethical and professional debates within the socio-economic research community.
To explore the implications of new and emerging EU legislation, in particular, in the field of data protection and copyright for socio-economic research.
To profile and benchmark the skills and professional qualifications of socio-economic researchers
To produce directories of the professional bodies involved in the promotion, implementation and regulation of quality standards in socio-economic research
To provide information for technical, policy and other actors involved in the IST programme who are not socio-economic experts in order to assist their understanding of socio-economic issues and help them to select suitable specialists for socio-economic roles relating to the development of IS technologies and policies.