FSD metadata records in DDI 2.0

FSD's data descriptions are available online as DDI 2.0 XML files (compatible with DDI 2.1). The XML files are machine readable. Please see our data catalogue for human readable html versions and pdf codebooks. You will find a link to the DDI 2.0 XML file at the end of each study record.

Links to the XML data descriptions in Finnish and English follow the pattern shown in a table below. <STUDYNUMBER> is an identification identifier given by the data archive, for example FSD2653.

language link pattern
Finnish https://services.fsd.uta.fi/catalogue/<STUDYNUMBER>/DDI/<STUDYNUMBER>.xml
English https://services.fsd.uta.fi/catalogue/<STUDYNUMBER>/DDI/<STUDYNUMBER>e.xml

For easy download, the descriptions are also available as zip packages. The packages contain the DDI record for all datasets for which FSD is the originating archive.

The packages contain all information available on that language. Note that there is no one-to-one correspondence between language versions. English metadata may lack variable-level information. A few datasets that have been described only in Swedish can be found in the Finnish catalogue.

The packages are updated whenever our web catalogue is updated. The catalogue does not in general change very often so dowloading the zip packages once a week should keep your records sufficiently up-to-date.

List of direct URIs to individual DDI records are available as text files:

Conditions of Use

FSD's metadata records are openly available for everyone. Appropriate attribution and citation must be used. If you incorporate the records into a web service the records must contain links back to the FSD web site. All FSD DDI-XML metadata records contain the URL for the resource (/codeBook/docDscr/citation/holdings@URI). When using the records for a web service, for research purposes of for theses, we appreciate if you would inform us at fsd [at] uta.fi.

Creative Commons License
FSD:n aineistokuvailut (FSD metadata records) by Suomen yhteiskuntatieteellinen tietoarkisto (Finnish Social Science Data Archive) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

OAI-PMH Server Kuha

FSD's study descriptions are available for harvesting through Kuha, our OAI-PMH Server. Supported formats currently are OAI Dublin Core (descriptions in Finnish, Swedish, English) and EAD (in Finnish). Kuha server generates these formats from the FSD's DDI metadata. They include metadata on study level but not on variable level, and are made available under a CC0 license. If you incorporate the records into a web service we wish that you link back to the FSD website, and inform us at fsd [at] uta.fi if using the records for a web service, research purposes or theses.

To the extent possible under law, Finnish Social Science Data Archive has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to FSD:n EAD- ja DC-aineistokuvailut (FSD EAD and DC metadata records). This work is published from: Finland.

Further information: Mari Kleemola or Matti Heinonen

updated 2017-04-27