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Spotlight on the Austrian Social Science Data Archive
Tue 17 Oct 2023

The Austrian Social Science Data Archive (AUSSDA) serves as Austria's core social science research infrastructure and is a proud service provider for CESSDA. In this spotlight, we hear from Lars Kaczmirek, Head of AUSSDA.

The CESSDA Country Spotlight series showcases national service providers. We interviewed representatives of the national service providers, dear members of the CESSDA community. We asked them about the value CESSDA provides their data archive and vice versa. 

The Austrian Social Science Data Archive

Founded in 2016, AUSSDA has been a CESSDA Service Provider from its inception. The archive is committed to making social science data accessible and reusable, with a focus on long-term archiving and data sharing. Researchers trust AUSSDA for its strict compliance with data protection regulations. AUSSDA is also dedicated to implementing the FAIR principles, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable, which is an increasingly important policy for funding organisations and universities.

AUSSDA organises workshops and training programmes that cover essential areas like data access, data sharing, and research data management. They frequently highlight the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide, a valuable online resource beneficial for anyone interested in research data management, including students.

AUSSDA uses CESSDA's discovery tools and standards, such as the CESSDA metadata model and the European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST). These standards are fundamental to AUSSDA's daily operations and offer immense value to their community when it comes to depositing, searching, or using data.

Lars Kaczmirek about CESSDA

"Among the biggest assets is the knowledge of the several hundred experts of the CESSDA community. Through knowledge exchange, we improved our workflows and were able to be among the first archives in Austria to be certified." Lars Kaczmirek, Head of AUSSDA.

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