FSD Bulletin

Issue 31 (3/2010)

ISSN 1457-7682

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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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» Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines Available Online
» ASSDA to Establish a Qualitative Archive

Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines Available Online

The number and scope of cross-national surveys have increased over the past few decades. Consequently, there is much need for information about the special issues connected to such surveys. The Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines (CCSG) constitute an excellent source of information, available online and covering all aspects of the survey lifecycle. The site provides best practice advice for all the different stages of research, from sample and questionnaire design to translation and data collection, harmonization and processing.

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» Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines (CCSG)


By the end of 2010, the representatives of thirteen countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for participation in the European Research Infrastructure for Social Science and Humanities Data, otherwise named as the CESSDA-ERIC. The infrastructure will promote access to European SSH data and is expected to be established in early 2012. The main office will be located in Bergen, Norway.

ASSDA to Establish a Qualitative Archive

The Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA) has in recent years been extending its holdings to include qualitative data, and is planning to establish the Australian Qualitative Archive (AQuA). The ASSDA has held a national consultation process to enable the social science qualitative research community to have an input into the design and operation of AQuA so that their needs, concerns and methodological approaches are taken into account. A series of focus group interviews were held, and next stage was the publication of a Discussion Paper on the issue.

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» ASSDA Announcement: discussion paper on archiving qualitative data