Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives

Service Providers' tools & services

CESSDA Service Providers are national data archives selected by the member and observers and which are responsible for providing relevant services in the framework of CESSDA. They are required to meet specific demands set out in the Statutes of CESSDA ERIC. They have the right to participate in CESSDA training and related activities, to attend the Service Providers’ Forum and to use CESSDA tools and so on. Service Providers have an advisory role within CESSDA.

This guide is designed by European experts to help social science researchers make their research data findable, accessible, interoperable 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.

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It is part of CESSDA’s mission to facilitate teaching and learning in the social sciences. CESSDA has a Training Working Group that is responsible for supporting continuous learning and training of its Service Provider staff and the social science user community. The Training Group maintains the information on this training website.

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The CESSDA Controlled Vocabularies (CV) Manager is a tool to manage controlled vocabularies, which also provide versioning, language translation and access to all CVs. This tool aims to facilitate an easy and a less error-prone CVs management, and to help researchers to retrieve information from the CESSDA Data Catalogue and the upcoming Social Sciences Multilingual Question Bank and CESSDA Metadata Standard.

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The CESSDA SaW Capability Development Model (CESSDA-CDM) is a structured collection of elements that identify and describe the characteristics of effective preservation processes and activities. Building on established frameworks for trustworthy data preservation and the CESSDA community’s prior experiences, the model provides both a starting point for emerging preservation initiatives and a reference tool for established archives that wants to strengthen their services. It is a model that can be used to appraise and/or improve the capability of a service provider to perform and to provide services.

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This guide aims to assist interested actors or country teams in developing plans for establishing national data services in the social sciences.

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Individual national development plans have been drawn up for ten aspiring CESSDA Service Providers, based on the gap analysis conducted earlier in the project, as well as summaries in the form of media packs.

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Materials from the CESSDA SaW project to support cost-benefit advocacy.

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