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"Furthering research and practice in data discovery, access and use"

With additional support from funders including the Economic and Social Research Council, Jisc and the European Community, we are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice in our field.

Here are the projects we're currently working on.

CESSDA CV Manager Tool

This project is to produce a tool for CESSDA to manage controlled vocabularies (CVs) as they will form a crucial part of the forthcoming CESSDA metadata standard.

CESSDA Metadata Management

Developing, promoting and implementing a standardised metadata design, content and practice for all CESSDA data assets.


Developing a one-stop-shop, the Product and Services Catalogue (PaSC), to find datasets for social science research as part of its work with CESSDA.


Vocabularies in CESSDA (VOICE) is a service to manage the multilingual content of CESSDA. A policy regarding creation and maintenance of multilingual content will be defined. The work plan encompasses both the content and management system of ELSST.


Bringing together eight leading studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service, CLOSER works to stimulate interdisciplinary research, develop shared resources, provide training, and share expertise.


This project, funded by the ESRC’s National Centre for Research Methods, will create an easy-to-use tool that helps data creators and users quality assess quantitative data files, and to create associated training materials.


The overarching objective of this project is to support the European Union, the European Commission and the Member States to tackle socio-economic challenges across Europe, bringing together three research infrastructures in the social sciences.

These are past projects.

Big Data Network Support

Providing a coherent, connected and accessible data infrastructure to secure the long-term future of the ESRC Big Data Network.


A five-year project funded by the ESRC to align two seminal thesauri for international humanities and social science communities to ensure they can be maintained and improved with integrity for future generations.


The aim of this project is to develop and implement the Euro Question Bank (EQB), a central search facility across all CESSDA’s survey holdings.

CESSDA Training

The training group is a space for cooperation among all training practitioners within CESSDA Service Providers and acts as an advisory body to the work of CESSDA Training.

Digital Futures

Providing 21st century access to ESRC-funded and high impact qualitative data, through a programme of digitisation and exploitation of XML web technologies.


Series of five hands-on doctoral training events for the social sciences in Research Data Management for Open Data, at selected universities in five European countries, organised with partners of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA).

Historic Census Microdata

Funded by the ESRC to create Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from British censuses dating from 1961 to 1981.

Open Science

A study investigating the current attitudes and actual practices of researchers to open science, the barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open science and the measures research funders can take to mitigate these barriers.

Risk Utility Management

Funded by the ESRC under the UK Data Service Innovation Fund to deliver an easy-to-use software application to allow and to automate the creation of anonymised datasets from confidential sources.

Smarter Household Energy Data: infrastructure for policy and planning

Funded by the ESRC, this is a collaborative project with researchers in South Africa investigating big data infrastructure in the use of household energy.

UK Research Data Discovery

This project aims to develop a service that enables the discovery, and encourages the reuse, of UK research data held in UK research institutions.

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