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The winding road to GDPR compliance

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a binding legislative act. It was adopted on 2016, and became applicable on May, 2018. FSD thoroughly prepared for the implementation of GDPR. Contract texts were changed, policies were adapted to the regulation, and training was organised both internally and externally. The path to putting the regulation into practice at FSD has been eventful.

The road travelled for CESSDA Vocabulary Service

The DDI Alliance has created 26 vocabularies to be used in certain metadata elements in the standard, many focused on describing methods adopted to create the data. These controlled vocabularies form an inherent part of cross-national metadata harmonization. However, managing the multilingual vocabulary content requires appropriate software tools. This is a story of the development of CESSDA Vocabulary Service.

Building New European Services for Researchers

Six years ago, the Research Council of Finland awarded the Finnish Social Science Data Archive a five-year funding for fulfilling Finland’s membership obligations in CESSDA ERIC. Partly due to the delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we were granted an additional year to finalise the project. It is now a good time to look back at what was planned and what our experts have accomplished in the project.

The citizens’ pulse surveys chart the Finnish state of mind – over 40,000 respondents to date

These surveys examine Finnish attitudes and opinions on the conduct and communication of authorities, future expectations, trust in authorities, institutions, and other people, as well as concerns related to everyday life. The surveys initially focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have since been expanded to cover Finnish life amidst global crises more broadly.

A trip down game music memory lane

Game Music Everyday Memories, a three-year research project by the University of Jyväskylä, collects Finnish memories of game music. The principal researcher of the project, Kai Tuuri, believes that crossing research field boundaries is essential for gaining proper insight into the meanings attached to game music.

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