ERIC

CESSDA ERIC
European Research Infrastructure Consortium

Having evolved from a network of European Service Providers into a legal entity and large-scale infrastructure under the auspices of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) it became an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) on 14 June 2017.

Since then, CESSDA has been organised as a limited company under Norwegian law. Furthermore, CESSDA was recognised as an ESFRI Landmark in the ESFRI 2016 Roadmap in the field of social and cultural innovation. CESSDA is owned and financed by the individual member states’ ministries of research or a delegated institution. Norway is hosting CESSDA, and the main office is located in Bergen.

Its main activities are:

  • To coordinate the network of European data Service Providers and to promote the results of social sciences;
  • To facilitate researchers' access to important resources of relevance to the European social science research agenda regardless of the location of either researcher or data;
  • To work continuously to include further data sources from Europe and beyond, into the infrastructure;
  • To provide training within CESSDA and beyond on best practices surrounding operational processes and data management;
  • To promote and facilitate wider participation in CESSDA;
  • To develop and coordinate standards, protocols and professional best practices pertaining to the preservation and dissemination of data and associated digital objects.
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