Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives




New search interface of its Aila Data Service launched by FSD

A new improved search interface of the Aila Data Service offered by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) comes online.

Users can now search for data, individual variables and questions as well as publications based on the data in FSD holdings.

“We want to offer the users of our services improved tools for finding suitable data, questions and variables,” says Information Services Manager Hannele Keckman-Koivuniemi.

Users can search for data by title, author, keyword, data series, nation, field of study or time period covered by data.

Search results can be narrowed by using various filters, including data type, availability and data file language. Narrowing results by data file language is particularly useful for non-Finnish users who wish to find data already translated into English.

Performing advanced searches is facilitated by an autocomplete feature, which suggests search terms to the user.

The user also receives more information on their search results than before. The search result list displays, for example, data authors, type, time period covered, keywords, data series, and other languages in which the study description is available.

As a result of the new search interface, the front page of the Aila data catalogue has also received a small visual overhaul.

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