Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives

© Mikko Pajulahti

© Mikko Pajulahti



FSD the Finnish Data Archive of CESSDA welcomes a new director

Helena Laaksonen has been appointed as the new director of FSD, the Finnish Social Science Data Archive.

The Board of the University of Tampere appointed Laaksonen in its meeting on 16 January 2017.

Helena Laaksonen received her Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Tampere. She has worked for the FSD since 2002, and as an information officer and deputy director since 2004. She has also served just under two years as acting director.

Before joining the data archive, she worked as a researcher in sociology in several research projects at the University of Tampere, and at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research in Germany.

"We will continue on our chosen path here at the Data Archive, together", states Helena Laaksonen when outlining her vision for the future.

"The FSD is in good shape right now, but the field of research data services is continuously evolving. One must keep up with development, and preferably have an impact on it too."

She also points out that e-infrastructures require constant updating and maintenance: "For that to be possible, both external funding and collaboration between national and international actors are essential".

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