Current Projects

This page lists FSD's own projects as well as projects taken on in collaboration with other actors.

Ongoing projects

FSD receives project funding for the construction of research infrastructures primarily from the Research Council of Finland and the CESSDA ERIC, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives. In addition, FSD can also implement projects funded by other parties, either alone or together with our project partners. With the help of project funding, new solutions and services are explored and tried out, and already proven services or functions are strengthened and developed.

Ongoing projects are presented on this page so that the most recently started project is shown first. Descriptions of completed projects are transferred to the project archive.

Open Science Trails


OSTrails aims to improve the way we plan, track, and assess scientific knowledge. The goal is to create a practical, open, and FAIR system for European scientific research. OSTrails involves major players in Data Management Plans, FAIR Assessment Tools, and Scientific Knowledge Graphs (SKG) to set standards and make data plans more efficient across Europe.

In collaboration with CESSDA ERIC, FSD is involved in activities related to the SKGs interoperability framework and the OSTrails Interoperability Reference Architecture, as well as the alignment of SKG platforms, the enhancement of FAIR assessment with guidance, and the development of Thematic Pilots.

The project is funded from the European Union’s Horizon Europe framework programme under grant agreement No. 101130187, and coordinated by OpenAIRE AMKE.

Funding period: 1 February 2024 – 31 January 2027



The project aims to link established and emerging research infrastructures and data resources from social sciences, molecular life science, medical research and clinical trials, national public health institutes and leading infectious disease research groups across Europe into a single effort. It strives to offer findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable data and related tools and resources suited for research on COVID-19. These will be available via COVID-19 Data Platform (Opens in a new tab) .

FSD participates in two work packages as a member of CESSDA. These focus on harmonising metadata and data on coronavirus across domains as well as on improving the discovery, integration and citation of COVID-19 data to increase the potential for collaboration and exploitation of data.

The project is funded by Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and coordinated by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and ELIXIR, the intergovernmental organisation for life sciences in Europe.

Funding period: 13 October 2021 – 30 September 2024

COhort cOmmunity Research and Development Infrastructure Network for Access Throughout Europe


The COORDINATE project will initiate a community of researchers and organisations that will drive forwards the coordinated development of comparative birth cohort research in Europe. The aim is to facilitate access to international birth cohort panel data on child and youth wellbeing. COORDINATE is a part of the Growing Up In Digital Europe (GUIDE) project, which develops Europe's first comparative birth cohort survey.

FSD participates in the project as a linked third party of CESSDA and contributes to a work package that enhances the findability of research data by gathering harmonized metadata of wellbeing data.

The COORDINATE project is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and coordinated by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Funding period: 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2025

Finnish Research Infrastructure for Public Opinion


The Finnish Research Infrastructure for Public Opinion (FIRIPO) is a collaborative effort by Åbo Akademi, Tampere University and University of Turku to establish a national research infrastructure for public opinion research in Finland. The infrastructure will be multidisciplinary and serve several fields of study and researchers of public opinion around the world.

The goals of FIRIPO include systematizing and coordinating scientific research on public opinion and choice behavior in Finland as well as developing and sharing methods in public opinion research and advising on the use of public opinion in policy-making. FSD participates in the project to promote open science aims through open data.

The project is funded by FIRI 2019 call of the Research Council of Finland (New infrastructure initiatives and non-roadmap infrastructures) and FIRI 2021 (Roadmap infrastructures and international partnerships). FIRIPO is headed by Professor Kimmo Grönlund (Åbo Akademi). Professor Kaisa Herne is responsible for the project at Tampere University and Professor Heikki Kauppi at the University of Turku.

Funding period: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2026

Crossing Boundaries with Tools and Services


The project will enhance the interoperability of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive’s services with other data-related services at the national and international levels. In addition, FSD will increase the visibility of data creators and their organisations as well as the transparency of FSD operations. The goals of the project include automatising reports on the use of FSD services and archived data, exploring available anonymisation tools and charting the possibilities for their use at FSD. The Archive will also upgrade its tools for the management of qualitative textual datasets. The project includes a work package that focuses on cross-national comparative research.

The project is funded by the Research Council of Finland's FIRI 2018 call for research infrastructures.

Funding period: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2024 (one year extension)

FSD's administrative and recurring tasks with CESSDA

FSD has recurring contract-based memberships and administrative tasks within CESSDA and related to CESSDA's services and tools.

Chairmanship of the CESSDA General Assembly

FSD's Director acts as the Chair of CESSDA ERIC General Assembly (Opens in a new tab) .

CESSDA Trust and Landscape Working Group

Working Group monitors the changing (research) data landscape that comprises matters such as FAIR & EOSC update. The WG also contributes to the promotion of the CoreTrustSeal as a quality stamp, supports the Service Providers in their path to certification, and works on the CESSDA Key Performance Indicators. FSD leads the Working Group.

CESSDA Data Catalogue Maintenance

In 2023, FSD operates as the Service Maintainer for CESSDA Data Catalogue (Opens in a new tab) alongside CESSDA Main Office's technical team. Service owner Sikt (Opens in a new tab) leads the work.

CESSDA Key Topic Working Group on Data Citation

The aim of Key Topic Working Groups is to foster collaboration and coordination among CESSDA Service Providers on key topics identified by them. These topics address specific or new problems or technological developments. FSD participates in the work of Data Citation WG, which focuses on drafting data citation recommendations for repositories and other relevant stakeholders.

Project Archive

Project descriptions on completed projects are available in the project archive.