CESSDA Metadata Office

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Metadata Office project plans to provide a core conceptual and strategic group to maintain and manage the CESSDA core metadata model and controlled vocabularies, and to provide a “metadata watch”. It comprises two tasks.

Task 1 provides a small group of 4-5 partners who oversee the strategic components and development of all metadata related issues and give recommendations for CESSDA Service Providers on metadata. This includes the management and further development of CESSDA source controlled vocabularies and standards to ensure that CESSDA needs are met.

Task 1 is led by Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS) with partners in Finland, Norway and Switzerland, as well as the UK Data Service.

Task 2: Management and co-ordination of the CESSDA European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST), including update and release of thesaurus content and multilingual vocabulary services, and the coordination of translations of CVs in the core model.

Task 2 is led by the UK Data Service, with partners in Finland, Germany and Norway.

Our contribution

Principal Investigator (Task 2): Sharon Bolton, UK Data Archive

Project Officers: Lorna Balkan, Suzanne Barbalet and Jeannine Beeken, UK Data Archive


Dates: January 2019 –December 2022


Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS): Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen, Kerrin Borschewski, Tanja Friedrich, Alexander Jedinger, Andre Foerster

Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD): Taina Jääskeläinen, Katja Moilanen

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

Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS): Brian Kleiner, Sybil Krügel

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