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.


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

  • CESSDA Trust Support Group that supports and advises members and aspiring members in all trust-related issues,
  • CESSDA Technical Group that monitors and advises members on their needs regarding technical services,
  • 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,
  • CESSDA Communications Group that helps promote the vision and mission of the CESSDA to the widest audience possible.

In the Work Plans of CESSDA, there are several projects that require cooperation such as the use of existing metadata on the level of variables for the creation of EuroQuestion Bank, the inclusion of new types of data and content (for example qualitative data, register data, big data, health data and spatial data). One of the CESSDA activities of the ADP is also working on our shared project applications within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and similar projects.

  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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