This tour guide by CESSDA ERIC (the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives European Infrastructure Consortium) aims to put social scientists like yourself at the heart of making their research data findable, understandable, sustainably accessible and reusable.
You will be guided by European experts who are - on a daily basis - busy ensuring long-term access to valuable social science datasets, available for discovery and reuse at one of the 17 CESSDA social science data archives. With this guide and the training events being held across Europe, we want to accompany and inspire you in your journey through the research data life cycle.
This tour guide was written for social science researchers who are in an early stage of practising research data management. With this tour guide, CESSDA wants to contribute to increased professionalism in data management and to improving the value of research data.
If you follow the guide, you will travel through the research data lifecycle from planning, organising, documenting, processing, storing and protecting your data to sharing and publishing them. Taking the whole roundtrip will take you approximately 15 hours. You can also just hop on and off.
During your travels, you will come across the following recurring topics represented by images:
The following six chapters are currently available. Click on an icon to visit the appropriate chapter. Note that the chapter on 'data discovery' will be available in the second half of 2018.
To get started with the first tour, simply click the button below.
The Expert Tour Guide on Data Management is created for CESSDA by ADP, AUSSDA, CSDA, DANS, FORS, FSD, GESIS, NSD, SND, So.Da.Net and UKDS and is illustrated and edited by Verbeeldingskr8. The authors are mentioned by name in the overview of the relevant chapter(s). DANS was in the lead of creating this tour guide.
Ellen Leenarts (DANS) | Project leader
Having a background in learning and knowledge sharing it was a great pleasure to coordinate the creation of this Expert Tour Guide.