Council of European Social Science Data Archives
CESSDA is an umbrella organisation for social science data archives across Europe. Since the 1970s the members have worked together to improve access to data for researchers and students. CESSDA research and development projects and Expert Seminars enhance exchange of data and technologies among data organisations.
Preparations are underway to move CESSDA into a new organisation known as CESSDA European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CESSDA ERIC).
A Gateway to Social Science Data
Collectively the constituent CESSDA member organisations serve some 30,000+ social science and humanities researchers and students within the European Research Area each year, providing access to 25,000 data collections, delivering over 70,000 data collections per annum and acquiring a further 1,000 data collections each year.
Locate and Access Data
The CESSDA Catalogue enables users to locate datasets, as well as questions or variables within datasets, stored at CESSDA archives throughout Europe. Data collections include sociological surveys, election studies, longitudinal studies, opinion polls, and census data. Among the materials are international and European data such as the European Social Survey, the Eurobarometers, and the International Social Survey Programme.
Share Your Data
Sharing of research data is of great value to the research community. To ensure that the data which you are collecting today can be used in the future, a data management plan needs to be considered from an early stage. CESSDA archives can assist in the design of such a plan. Researchers and data publishers are encouraged to publish their datasets in the CESSDA Catalogue.
Manifesto of The New Global Data Generation
CESSDA is one of the original signatories to the Manifesto of the New Global Data Generation that outlines three concrete and urgent problems that need to be solved if Europe wants to foster access and sharing of data.