FSD Bulletin

Issue 21 (1/2007)

ISSN 1795-5262

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FSD Bulletin is the electronic newsletter of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. The Bulletin provides information and news related to the data archive and social science research.


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» ISSP 2005: Finns and Work
» CESSDA Included in the European Roadmap on Research Infrastructures
» CESSDA Web Site
» DDI 3.0 Under Public Review
» Regional Secretary Mari Kleemola

ISSP 2005: Finns and Work

A report based on the ISSP 2005 Finnish data, written by Harri Melin, Raimo Blom and Pentti Kiljunen, focuses on Finnish working life. The ISSP survey showed that Finns are more or less satisfied with their present work, for the most part finding their jobs interesting and independent. On the other hand, the respondents perceived problems with job security, income level and advancement opportunities. Full-time work was preferred to other work situations. Finns do not particularly like the risks involved in being self-employed, preferring to be employees. There seems to be a discrepancy between what Finns prefer and what is currently demanded in working life.

CESSDA Included in the European Roadmap on Research Infrastructures

The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) published its roadmap in October 2006. The roadmap presents new, large-scale Research Infrastructures, based on an international peer review, and identifies 35 important infrastructure projects from seven key research areas. The Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) is included as a social sciences infrastructure. This increases the possibility that CESSDA will received funding from the EU's Research Framework Programme FP7 during the years 2007-2013. FSD is included as a participant in the CESSDA project proposal.


The CESSDA redesigned web site is now available. In addition to the new layout, the site has several new features including the CESSDA Data Portal which allows easy access to the catalogues of member organisations. The Data Portal builds on the work of the EU funded project MADIERA, which in turn was based on the DDI specifications for documenting datasets, the ELSST thesaurus enabling multilingual functionality, and the Nesstar technology providing functionality for browsing and analysing data.

DDI 3.0 Under Public Review

Version 3.0 of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is now under Public Review. The review period lasts two months and ends on 14 April.

Regional Secretary Mari Kleemola

FSD staff member Mari Kleemola continues in her post as the IASSIST Regional Secretary for Europe for the next two years.