Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives



FSD services and data used more than ever before

Use of the FSD’s flagship service, Aila Data Portal, increased by leaps and bounds in 2016.

  • Users downloaded 25% more data than in the previous year.
  • Use of data archived at the FSD has grown fourfold compared to the time before the launch of Aila in 2014
  • A total of 2,835 individual data downloads were made in 2016.
  • 60 quantitative and 12 qualitative datasets were processed and added to the data catalogue.
  • 60 new datasets were acquired for archiving.

The FSD also started archiving data with persistent identifiers (PIDs).

The political party agenda database POHTIVA was given a new appearance, with improved search features and a completely new user interface. The new service can also be used effortlessly on mobile devices.

Tietomilli, a service enabling simple analyses and comparisons of public opinion survey data online from ISSP surveys and National Election Studies was completed.

FSD organised several training sessions and seminars throughout the year. Topics of the seminars ranged from research data management to data protection and privacy. Many of the seminars were aimed at the FSD’s "new fields", namely the humanities and health and medical sciences.

In 2016, FSD presented two awards. The Promoter of Data Archiving Award went to the now retired, former director of the Swedish National Data Service and the Danish Data Archive Hans Jørgen Marker, who had a significant role in the development of CESSDA.

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