Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives

Organisation & Governance



Main Office

The Main Office (MO) of CESSDA is located at Parkveien 20, in Bergen, Norway.
In 2015 there were four employees in the Main Office:

Paul Jackson
Managing Director
(until 31 July 2015)

Ivana Ilijašić Veršić
Acting Administrative Manager
(from 1 August 2015)

Nina Bakanova
Administrative Secretary

Eleanor Smith
Senior Communications Officer


Service Providers in 2015

Austria, a new Service Provider will be announced in the near future.
Czech Republic, Czech Social Science Data Archive (ČSDA)
Denmark, Danish Data Archive (DDA)
Finland, Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD)
France, PROGEDO Research Infrastructure
Germany, GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
Greece, Greek Research Infrastructure for the Social Sciences (So.Da.Net)
Lithuania, Lithuanian Data Archive for Humanities and Social Sciences (LiDA)
The Netherlands, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Norway, NSD – Norwegian Centre for Research Data
Slovenia, Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (ADP)
Sweden, Swedish National Data Service (SND)
Switzerland, Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS)
United Kingdom, UK Data Service (UKDS)

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CESSDA is governed by a General Assembly, a Board of Directors and managed by a Managing Director. Additionally, CESSDA is provided with two advisory bodies: the Scientific Advisory Board and the Service Providers’ Forum, as well as four Working Groups.


General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) is the ultimate authority of CESSDA setting the budget and the funding formula for the consortium. It consists of Ministry/Research Council representatives from each member country. It also has the responsibility of adopting strategic plans, audit reports as well as the reports from the Board of Directors and the Managing Director. In 2015, the General Assembly met on 14 January and on 15 June.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for implementing the strategies adopted by the GA and for executing the set budget. Furthermore, it is responsible for the financial planning and preparation of the yearly budget, and for the development of CESSDA’s strategy and vision, to be adopted by the GA. In 2015, the Board of Directors had five meetings: in March, May, June, September and in December.


Service Providers' Forum

According to the CESSDA Statutes, it is mandatory for each CESSDA member country to assign their Service Provider (data archive). The Service Providers’ Forum is the working body of CESSDA. It consists of representatives of every Service Provider and serves as an advisory body to the Managing Director and to the Board of Directors. Regular meetings are held twice a year, once in a member country and once in the host country (Norway). In 2015 Service Providers’ Forum meetings were held on 21 April in Bergen, Norway, and on 11 November in Bucharest, Romania.


Scientific Advisory Board

The Members of the Scientific Advisory Board were appointed in 2014 and their regular meetings are held once a year. The Scientific Advisory Board offers its support in developing a CESSDA Scientific Strategy, deliverables over the same period and the CESSDA Strategic Plan. It advises to focus on new data sources, and new access methods, in particular ‘borderless’ data assets such as big data and remote access to such sources. In 2015, the Scientific Advisory Board had a video conference via Skype on 12 May and met in Bergen on 10 December in a joint meeting with the CESSDA Board of Directors.




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