Discovering and Using Data

This page includes training resources to help researchers with finding, accessing and harmonising already existing research data.


Webinar: Harmonised data for comparative research

Date: 15 June 2020

Video: Comparative social science research requires comparable data across countries. This CESSDA webinar explores sources of harmonised comparative data and methods and tools for harmonising data. Hosted by Jen Buckley from the UK Data Service, the session includes two expert speakers. Professor Irina Tomescu-Dubrow discusses methodology that the Survey Data Recycling Project develops to harmonize ex-post data pooled from cross-national survey projects in the social sciences. Then, Dr Kristi Winters (GESIS) addresses how we should approach documenting data harmonisation work, including a description of CharmStats , an open-source software that enables researchers to simultaneously perform and document the process of variable coding and harmonization.

  • The material from the webinar (slides and video) is available for download
  • Additionally, an Information sheet by Jan Buckle accompanies this CESSDA webinar and details major sources of harmonised data and provides references for those looking to harmonise existing data sources as part of a research project

CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide (DMEG)

The CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide aims to put social scientists at the heart of making their research data findable, understandable, sustainably accessible and reusable.

CESSDA experts, busy to ensure long-term access to valuable social science datasets, available for discovery and reuse on a daily basis, guide, accompany and inspire users of the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide in their journey through the research data life cycle.

Webinar - Data on Aspects of Digital Life

Date: 28 Novembre 2019

Video: How can we understand the impact of computers and the internet on everyday life? Hosted by the So.Da.Net network, this webinar explored research and data on the topic. The webinar included two guest speakers. First, Professor Nicolas Demertzis, University of Athens, Director & President of the Governing Body, EKKE addressed how data from the World Internet Project (WIP) supports research into the digital divide. Then, Dr. Stamatis Poulakidakos from Athens University discussed the impact of social media within the national campaigns of 2019' European elections.

Webinar: How to Find Data in Europe

Date: 21 May 2019

Video: How to find and access data from European social science data services

Webinar: Data Discovery

Date: 25 April 2019

Video: Speakers from the Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA), Johana Chylíková and Martin Vávra took participants on a tour through five core elements of the discovery process.

Data in Europe by Topic: Migration

Date: 15 May 2018


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Data in Europe by Topic: Ageing

Date: 14 June 2017


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Data in Europe by Topic: Political Behaviour

Date: 7 June 2017


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