CESSDA was established in 1976 as an informal umbrella organisation for the European national data archives. Since then the members have been succesfully working together, exchanging technologies and improving access to data for researchers and students.
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.
CESSDA and the organization’s members are implementing several services that enable 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 there are international and European data such as the European Social Survey, the Eurobarometers, and the International Social Survey Programme.
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.
In 2017 CESSDA was recognized as an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium).
For more details see the CESSDA website.