CESSDA Metadata Management

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Metadata Management project plans to develop, promote and implement a standardised metadata design, content and practice for all CESSDA data assets.

Phase 1 of the CESSDA Metadata Management (CMM) project produced the CESSDA Metadata Standards Portfolio Version 1, which sets out common methods for describing data assets, and includes the CESSDA Metadata Core Model, Controlled Vocabularies, and renewed CESSDA Topics Classification. The aim is to have a metadata model which works regardless of the platform a country's data archive uses, allowing them to adopt the portfolio for past, present, and future CESSDA data assets. CMM Phase 2 continues this work, allowing the building of CESSDA services like the Product and Service Catalogue and Euro Question Bank. 

Phase 1 outputs included a report on current metadata practices and needs and an impact analysis. The second phase will include a management and maintenance plan for the Portfolio (both for the Core Metadata Model and the multilingual Controlled Vocabularies) as well as guidelines and best practices.

Led by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive, the project also involves partners in Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Slovenia, Belgium and Sweden, as well as the UK Data Service.

Our contribution

Lead partner: Mari Kleemola, FSD

UK Data Service: Anne Etheridge



CMM Phase 1: 01 November 2015 - 30 April 2017

CMM Phase 2: 01 May 2017 - 31 December 2018


Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD): Mari Kleemola, Katja Moilanen, Taina Jääskeläinen, Eliisa Haanpää

Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS): Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen, Kerrin Borschewski

National Archives/Danish Data Archive (DDA): Anne Sofie Fink

Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD): Silje Storviken, Sunniva Hagen

Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (ADP): Irena Vipavc Brvar, Irena Bolko, Janez Štebe

Social Sciences and Humanities Data Archive (SOHDA): Benjamin Peuch

Swedish National Data Service (SND): Iris Alfredsson, Malin Lundgren,

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