Publication Year: 08. 04. 2017    Date of last inspection: 13. 02. 2018



CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives) is an umbrella organization of the European Social Science Data Archives that was established in 1976. In 2013 it has transformed into a European scientific infrastructure unit (ERIC) based on the list of European priorities ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures).

As an umbrella organization, the CESSDA offers professional assistance to its members, whereas simultaneously giving access to data from European data archives to users through the common portal. CESSDA is based on mutual professional and organizational support. Its goal is to preserve and disseminate quality research data, regardless of geographic location of users and by following contemporary international standards, recommendations and tools.


The CESSDA Agenda 21-24 is the overarching document that sets out the broad strategic objectives and priorities for each pillar of CESSDA over the period 2021 to 2024. The CESSDA Agenda 21-24 has 4 main pillars which have their own sub-tasks and deliverables and serve as a framework for the implementation of the Agenda's tasks:

  • Training Pillar: The objectives are to (1) promote and increase secondary use of data by improving data discovery and data analyst skills, (2) improve the culture of data sharing by providing training on data management skills and related tools, and (3) provide training on developed tools, services, and materials used by data professionals and related experts in repositories, especially the tools developed by CESSDA ERIC.
  • Tools Pillar: The objectives are to (1) provide appropriate tools and services for curating, publishing, searching, accessing, and reusing research data in a multilingual environment, (2) provide tools and services that are findable by researchers and data producers, (3) ensure that tools conform to relevant CESSDA policies, (4) ensure integration and/or interoperability of tools, and (5) to standardise metadata so that they are consistent and of good quality. 
  • Trust Pillar: The objectives are to (1) achieve or progress towards CoreTrustSeal for each Service Provider, (2) coordinate common practises and common evidence between service providers in the context of CoreTrustSeal and Annex 2, and (3) integrate into the broader trust landscape.
  • Widening and Outreach Pillar: The objectives are to (1) extend the European reach of CESSDA, (2) broaden the scope of data, (3) support CESSDA Main Office in developing a new balanced model in terms of scalability of governance, financial stability of operations and organisational structure, (4) raise the profile and impact of CESSDA through coordinated dissemination activities, and (5) collaborate with global partners beyond Europe.
  • Cross-Pillar Activities

There are several working groups within the CESSDA framework, in which the ADP is active:

  • CESSDA Trust Group that supports and advises members and aspiring members in all trust-related issues,
  • CESSDA Tools & Services Group whose aim is to prioritize and realize new tools and services from Service Providers and third parties for our users: both data users and data producers,
  • CESSDA Training Group that aims to maximize the potential of training, offered by individual social science data archives, and aspires to harmonize and transfer knowledge among individual service providers. ADP is currently leading the CESSDA Training WG,
  • CESSDA Widening and Outreach

  How to cite this page?

Social Science Data Archives. YEAR. About CESSDA. Accessed: http://adp.fdv.uni-lj.si/eng/spoznaj/cessda/ (DD. month year).


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