Working Groups

The CESSDA Working Groups

CESSDA has four working groups. The TRUST Working Group, its main task is to establish trust within CESSDA and its service providers. The Technical Working Group which is a core group to monitor and advise on needs regarding technical services. The Training Working Group that provides training and promotes harmonisation and knowledge transfer amongst Service providers. And finally the Project management Working group that aims at providing project management training and coordination within the CESSDA Consortium.

Trust Support

Trust Support

The CESSDA Trust Support Group consists of a core group of five persons representing five CESSDA Service Providers (SPs) with comprehensive experience with certification, and a wider group representing all CESSDA members and aspirant members. The goal of the activities of the group is to support and advise members and aspirant members in all trust issues (DSA, Annex 2 and more).

There are three core activities in this group:

  • Support and Training - an active role in assisting all SPs (including those of aspiring members) in acquiring and prolonging the DSA certification and complying to the Annex 2 obligations. The training activities will also be aligned with the activities of CESSDA Training.
  • Review of the CESSDA Obligations compliance - the group will get in touch with other CESSDA working groups (for example the metadata group, the metadata harvesting group, technical service development, the ELSST group) to gain information on the details of the various Annex 2 obligations (see the CESSDA statutes).
  • Certification watch - the group will get in touch with the bodies of the certification initiatives (DSA, WDS, DIN/NESTOR/ISO) to appropriately respond to adaptions for the future.


This core group aims to monitor and advise on needs regarding technical services.

CESSDA’s technical infrastructure and services will be technology intensive but decentralised, requiring a common platform to ensure interoperability and an efficient and sustainable model for the future, as described by the CESSDA WG2 on Technical Services.

The technical framework outlined by the CESSDA Technical Framework Project currently at work distinguishes between general sets of common standards to follow and the more practical tools, tests and common repositories necessary to handle and guide everyday development work and to ensure that CESSDA has control over products. These general rules of best practice need to be maintained, kept up-to-date and in sync with CESSDA's needs.

In addition, future work needs to be planned and specified following CESSDA's general policies and priorities.



The CESSDA training group is a spece for cooperation among all training practitioners within CESSDA service providers and acts as an advisory body to the work of CESSDA Training. Its main functions are:

  • Identifying the training needs of the CESSDA community and its users and supporting CESSDA Training to prioritise these needs.
  • Promoting training harmonisation across training providers within the CESSDA community and advises CESSDA Training on harmonisation actions.
  • Identifying new trends in training across the community.

Representatives from all SPs that offer trainings of any form are invited to this group. The main topics are Research Data Management and Data Discovery.

This group maximises the potential of the trainings offered by each SP and promote harmonisation and knowledge transfer amongst these SPs.

Project Management

Project Management

Founded in 2017, the Project Management Group (PM Group) is aimed at providing training within the CESSDA Consortium on best PM practices in line with internationally recognised PM standards such as the PMI (Project Management Institute) the IPMA (International Project Management Association) or the Prince 2 Methodology.

The PM Group provides training and vision on the particularities of EU Project Management, referring to the management of european projects awarded by the European Commission under various research framework programmes such as FP6, FP7 or H2020.

The Project Management is expected to be launched within 2018.