Discover five data sets from our German Service Provider GESIS

The CESSDA Consortium is currently composed of fourteen member countries and one observer. We will be issuing regular news items presenting five data sets hosted by each CESSDA Service Provider. We start in Germany, where GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences holds the following data sets, which are of great interest to researchers both at home and abroad.


The German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) collects up-to-date data on attitudes, behaviour, and social structure in Germany. Every two years since 1980 a representative cross section of the population is surveyed using both constant and variable questions. The ALLBUS is made available to interested parties for research and teaching immediately after processing and documentation.

Fun fact: ALLBUS 2016 data shows that 21.7% of people in Germany do not have contact with foreigners, 19.4% feel like foreigners in their own country. Official figures show that 22.5% of the German population are foreigners in 2017.


The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) is a collaborative research programme among election study teams from around the world. Participating countries include a common module of survey questions in their post-election studies. Additionally, district level data are reported for each respondent, including electoral returns, turnout, and the number of candidates. Finally, a system or "macro" level data report aggregates electoral returns, electoral rules and formulas, and regime characteristics.


The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a continuous programme of cross-national collaboration running annual surveys on topics important for the social sciences. It started in 1984 with four founding members - Australia, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States – and has now grown to about 50 member countries from all over the world. The ISSP surveys are designed to serve as replications. Hence, the ISSP offers two powerful research strategies to study societal processes - by combining a cross-time with a cross-national perspective.

Fun fact: Did you know, that almost 60% of people surveyed in 2015 like the amount of work they have and do not want to change it? About one third would even like to work more and thereby increase their earnings. The figures for Russia for example show that in 2015 60% of people surveyed fell into that category, down from 62% in 2005.

4. European Value Study

The European Values Study (EVS) is the most comprehensive research project on human values in Europe. It is a large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research programme on how Europeans think about family, work, religion, politics and society. Repeated every nine years in an increasing number of countries, the survey provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values, and opinions of citizens all over Europe since the late 1970s. "Where is Europe heading?" is one of the main questions of the European Values Study (EVS). The last survey was published in 2008 and the next survey is currently underway with new data and insights into the values of the European citizen expected next year.


The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a worldwide study of cognitive and workplace skills by the OECD in 24 countries. The main aim is to be able to assess the skills of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments, and use the collected information to help countries develop ways to further improve these skills.

Fun fact: In the country of Goethe and Schiller the reading competence of German adults is below average. However, the future is looking up as younger German respondents have higher literacy than their elders. While Japan, Finland and The Netherlands lead the charts when it comes to reading competence, Italy and Spain are lagging behind.

At CESSDA, we are working on building a new and improved Products and Services Catalogue (PaSC), as part of a wide-ranging plan to establish a common infrastructure for CESSDA members. For access to the data, PaSC will direct researchers to the source/service where the data may be obtained or analysed. It is due to go into service early 2018 and will be constantly improved.

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Mon 22 Jan 2018

CESSDA: CESSDA is hiring!

We are looking to hire a Chief Technical Officer, Senior Financial Manager and a Senior Project Manager to work at CESSDA Main Office in Bergen, Norway.

Wed 20 Dec 2017

CESSDA: EDDI17: Nearly a hundred participants from over fifty organisations and 20 countries

The European Data Documentation Initiative User Conference EDDI17 was hosted by FORS (Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences) and took place in Lausanne on 5-6 December 2017.

Mon 18 Dec 2017

CESSDA: Did you know that out of all age groups in Slovenia, young people are the happiest?

This is the fifth article in a series presenting five data sets from archives across the CESSDA collaboration. Our Slovenian Service Provider, Slovenian Social Science Data Archives - ADP, has chosen to present the following selection of data sets.

Fri 15 Dec 2017

CESSDA: OECD open data reports tackle international research data networks – CESSDA plays its part

Last week, the OECD published two open data reports, the OECD-CODATA report on Business Models for Sustainable Research Data Repositories and the OECD-WDS report on Co-ordination and Support of International Research Data Networks.

Fri 15 Dec 2017

CESSDA: How to deal with Persistent Identifiers in the coming years: CESSDA's PID Policy

CESSDA ERIC approved its Persistent Identifier Policy on 22 November 2017 at the second meeting of its General Assembly.

Thu 14 Dec 2017

CESSDA: CESSDA launches online data management guide with expert advice on all stages of the research data life cycle

We are very proud to announce the launch of our online expert tour guide. Over the past year, eleven CESSDA archives (ADP, AUSSDA, CSDA, DANS, FORS, FSD, GESIS, NSD, SND, So.Da.Net and UK Data Service) have combined forces to create a detailed and thorough guide on data management across the research data life cycle.

Fri 8 Dec 2017

CESSDA: Ten countries make the case for having national data services

Ten data service providers that aspire for their country to join CESSDA ERIC have produced national development plans in the framework of the CESSDA SaW project.

Wed 6 Dec 2017

CESSDA: Celebrating Finland's Independence Day: FSD theme page "Life in the 100-year-old Finland"

This year, FSD has participated in the celebrations of the centenary of Finland’s independence by publishing a new data theme page every month since April.

Wed 29 Nov 2017

CESSDA: CESSDA ERIC welcomes two new members: Finland & Portugal

On 22 November, the General Assembly of CESSDA ERIC approved the membership of two new countries at its second meeting in Vienna.

Thu 23 Nov 2017

CESSDA: Research data in Austria: Presenting AUSSDA

Our Austrian Service Provider, AUSSDA - The Austrian Social Science Data Archive, introduced its services and archive at an event held in Vienna on 17 November.