Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives


How is CESSDA supporting researchers working on COVID-19 related research?

CESSDA Data Catalogue

The CESSDA Data Catalogue is a platform for researchers wanting to find and reuse social science and humanities research data. It contains metadata of surveys in the holdings of CESSDA's Service Providers. The data files themselves are available through each individual data archive. All COVID-19-related metadata will be harvested to the Data Catalogue as they become available to CESSDA Service Providers.

There are some brand new COVID-19 datasets in the catalogue:

Some relevant data related to pandemics in the catalogue:

COVID-19 Activities from CESSDA Service Providers

Despite the coronavirus, CESSDA and its national Service Providers strive to serve the research community and online services continue to function as usual.


For COVID-19 related studies from the social sciences in Austria, AUSSDA provides a COVID-19 database with a fast-track publishing option. More about the project here.


The SODA team is in contact with three Belgian scientific institutions which are carrying out surveys on the social consequences of COVID-19 with the aim of convincing these institutions to transfer the research data to their repository.

Czech Republic

  • A webpage on data resources relevant to the pandemic has been made availble: Pandemic Covid 19 / SARS-CoV-2 - sociological data related to the current situation (in Czech).
  • Research teams in the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences are involved in the organisation of surveys prepared by wider research teams:
  • Data from the latter will, depending on the response rate, be used for both making an estimation of the current immunity rate and for a deatiled analysis in the future, using the CHPS database.


FSD presents datasets (in English) where researchers can find variables related to pandemics as well as in Finnish.


  • The Elipss Panel of the CDSP (supported by PROGEDO) is supporting the survey "Facing Covid. Social distancing, cohesion, and inequality in France in 2020" (Faire face au COVID-19. Distanciation sociale, cohésion, et inégalité dans la France de 2020) of the Sociological Observatory of Change (some information is available in English). The data produced will be integrated into the PROGEDO data catalogue.
  • The University Data Platforms (UDPs) of Grenoble, Strasbourg and Toulouse have come together in support of the HS3P-CriSE project. The HS3P-CriSE project is the national coordination project ensured by CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research). The CNRS and Inserm have joined forces "to develop structuring initiatives in the field of SHS and public health around research on Covid19 and, more generally, on infectious diseases and major health and environmental crises". English translations are available.
  • The UDP of Aix-Marseille has set up a monitoring platform (DemoMed) with official statistical resources concerning the situation of the epidemicin the Mediterranean countries (in english).
  • A call for the creation of an interdisciplinary working group in the human and social sciences entitled CODE-VIRUS (Coordination interDisciplinaire pour l'Etude de l'impact sociétal du CoronaVIRUS) was launched by MSH-Alpes in March.
  • The Nanterre University Data Platform produced a blog post which takes stock of the health-related surveys available in our catalogue (in French).



Through its national science portal NARCIS, DANS provides scientific information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and related subjects such as epidemiology, virology and crisis management. The news item is available here.


A survey about the impact of the pandemic on the social life of people living in Portugal was conducted between 25-29 March 2020 by ICS-ULisboa (the host institution of CESSDA Service Provider APIS) and ISCTE-IUL. A report is available with some results from this first round (in Portuguese).


The Swedish COVID-19 Data Portal provides information, guidelines, tools and services to support researchers in utilising Swedish and European infrastructures for data sharing, in particular the European COVID-19 Data Portal (news item in Swedish).

United Kingdom

  • The UK Data Service has launched a COVID-19 themed page which presents a table lists studies that are currently investigating the impact of COVID-19 in the UK, the topics they cover and further information from the agencies running them.
  • The UK Data Service has released a special 'Lockdown Update' newsletter to keep users informed of its activities during what has been an unprecedented period of crisis and upheaval. This latest edition covers details of activities from the past six weeks and includes information on how the UK Data Service, researchers and journalists are adapting to the new reality and using data to inform responses to the emergency.

Other resources

Draft Response from SSHOC to COVID19

The European Comission requested Research Infrastructures and RI Projects to respond on how they can set up possible actions that can be oriented towards the objective "to create a European data platform for COVID-19 related information exchange". The SSHOC project can contribute the Social Data component of the European COVID-19 Data Platform. Consult the draft response on the webpage of the RDA-COVID19-Social-Sciences WorkingGroup.

COVID-19 Data Portal

The European-funded COVID-19 Data Portal aims "to facilitate data sharing and analysis, and to accelerate coronavirus research". A dedicated European COVID-19 Data Platform is also being set up "to enable the rapid collection and comprehensive data sharing of available research data from different sources for the European and global research communities".

Digital Response to COVID-19

The European-funded Digital Response to COVID-19 "gives you access to a large resource database including open source software, websites, and platforms that are useful for public administrations, businesses, and citizens dealing with the ongoing crisis".

World Pandemic Research Network

The World Pandemic Research Network (WPRN) has launched a platform for research communities that maintains a searchable global directory of research projects, surveys and initiatives about the societal and human impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform is supported by EASSH which is inviting its members "to play an influential role in the shaping of this global common for the social sciences and the humanities".

RDA Working Group on COVID-19

The RDA Working Group on COVID-19 aims, amongst other objectives, to define detailed guidelines on data sharing under the present COVID-19 circumstances to help stakeholders follow best practices to maximize the efficiency of their work. Several staff from CESSDA Service Providers are involved in this group which is working to bring experts together and produce results.

CoronaWhy Research Volunteer-powered Research Organisation

CoronaWhy is a globally distributed, volunteer-powered research organisation, trying to assist the medical community’s ability to answer key questions related to COVID-19.

Working and Living during Corona Times Survey

WageIndicator is surveying people around the world to discover what makes the Coronavirus lockdown easier (or tougher), and what is the COVID-19 effect on our jobs, lives and mood. Find out about the survey. Read the Highlights from 18 May 2020: Working parents feel more depressed because of corona than childless workers.

ICPSR COVID-19 Data Repository

The COVID-19 Data Repository is a repository for data examining the social, behavioral, public health, and economic impact of the novel coronavirus global pandemic. This is a free self-publishing option for any researcher who wants to share data related to COVID-19. Keenly aware of major world events (both planned and unexpected) that will have our data users looking for resources, ICPSR staff have put together this 2020 Resources list that we will update throughout the year.