CESSDA ERIC Offers International Data Services and Training to Researchers
What is CESSDA ERIC?
CESSDA ERIC, or Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, is a research infrastructure consortium for social science data archives across Europe. Finland is a member of CESSDA and the Finnish Social Science Data Archive is one of its national service providers.
CESSDA provides free, high-quality archiving and data management services to the international research community. One of its main goals is to make social science data available to researchers regardless of the location of either researcher or data. The aim is to increase the use of data internationally and promote understanding of the societal processes, problems and solutions.
The CESSDA Data Catalogue contains metadata of all data in the holdings of CESSDA's service providers. For the time being, the data files themselves are only available through each individual data archive.
Up-to-date information on training provided to researchers and national data archives by CESSDA can be found on the CESSDA website. Training is available on both data management and archiving. On the training web page, there is also an extensive selection of instructions on data management and archiving, as well as links to various guides available online.
CESSDA Expands and Its Services Improve
The development of centralised CESSDA services began in earnest in 2015. FSD actively participates in the development of these services.
CESSDA currently has 17 member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In addition, Slovakia is an observer of CESSDA. New countries will be joining CESSDA in the near future, and CESSDA aims to expand even more. Each member state and observer state is represented by a national service provider that is responsible for the services in each country.
CESSDA's main office is located in Bergen, Norway and its training services are coordinated in Cologne, Germany. Many of CESSDA's operations are based on the decentralised services provided by national service providers. Norway and Germany are the main funders of CESSDA's centralised operations.
In its current form, as a permanent legal entity, CESSDA has functioned since June 2013, but its history as an informal umbrella organisation for the European national data archives dates back to 1976.