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FSD Shuts Down Swedish Data Catalogue – Data in Swedish Continue to be ArchivedFSD’s Swedish data catalogue was closed down when the new Aila search was launched. FSD will continue to receive and archive data in Swedish, but data descriptions in Swedish are no longer created. Data in Swedish can still be easily found on the Aila Data Service by using the language filter.
The reason for the closure was the fact that FSD received data in Swedish only very rarely. There are currently 12 datasets containing data files in Swedish on Aila.
In the future, questionnaires and other data-related material in Swedish will be published in the Finnish and English data catalogues. Codebooks in Swedish will no longer be created. However, whenever they are available, data files, questionnaires and any additional material in Swedish will be automatically included in data packages downloaded from Aila.
Datasets that have been described only in Swedish will remain in Swedish, but they can now be found in the Finnish catalogue. Datasets that had metadata both in Finnish and Swedish will only have a Finnish data description from now on.
» Information Services Manager Hannele Keckman-Koivuniemi
» IT Services Specialist Tuomas Alaterä
(24 April 2017)
New Aila Search LaunchedNew improved search interface of the Aila Data Service is online. Users can now search for data, individual variables and questions as well as publications based on the data in FSD holdings.
"We want to offer our users improved tools for finding suitable data, questions and variables," says Information Services Manager Hannele Keckman-Koivuniemi.
Users can search for data by title, author, keyword, data series, nation, field of study or time period covered by data.
Search results can be narrowed by using various filters, including data type, availability and data file language. Narrowing results by data file language is particularly useful for non-Finnish users who wish to find data already translated into English. Performing advanced searches is facilitated by an autocomplete feature, which suggests search terms to the user.
The user also receives more information on their search results than before. The search result list displays, for example, data authors, type, time period covered, keywords, data series, and other languages in which the study description is available.
As a result of the new search interface, the front page of the Aila data catalogue has also received a small visual overhaul.
» Aila Data Service
» Information Services Manager Hannele Keckman-Koivuniemi
(11 April 2017)
New data theme page publishedThe FSD celebrates the centenary of Finland's independence by publishing a new data theme page on the sixth day of each month starting from today.
The theme for April is equality and impartiality – principles which Finland has achieved very well in global comparison and which Finns take pride in. Finland is among the best in the world in several equality rankings, including gender equality, fairness for children and absence of corruption.
Success in achieving these principles is also studied a great deal. Several datasets charting equality, impartiality and fairness in Finland are available for reuse at the FSD. Topics include, for example, equality at work, gender equality, fair treatment of young people, and equality for people from minority groups. On the theme page you can find the most recently published datasets on the subject, data series as well as recommendations for individual datasets selected by the FSD staff.
The next theme page will be published in May and the FSD’s centenary project culminates in the publication of a theme page entitled Life in a 100-year-old Finland on the eve of Finland’s Independence Day, 5 December. This page will feature data collected in Finland in 2016 and 2017, which paint a picture of what Finland is currently like and what Finns think about different issues.
» Data on Equality and Impartiality
» Data by Theme
» Life in a 100-year-old Finland theme pages in the official Finland 100 Programme
» Information Services Manager Hannele Keckman-Koivuniemi
(6 April 2017)
FSD services and data used more than ever beforeThe FSD’s annual report from 2016 has been published online in Finnish. Activities during the year were guided by the strategy for years 2013-2016. Main goals set out in the strategy were to increase and diversify services, to expand into new fields of study, to increase operational resources and to promote and enhance international cooperation. These goals were reached quite successfully.
Read more about the activities of the FSD in 2016.
(17 March 2017)
New Bulletin publishedThe latest, and the final FSD Bulletin in its current format, is now published.
In the future, the FSD website will, instead of the biannual or triannual bulletin, feature single articles, news, and columns focusing on individual datasets or aspects of open science and data archiving, among others.
(16 March 2017)
University of Tampere Data Policy encourages digital archiving at FSDThe University of Tampere published its data policy last autumn. The policy paper was approved by Rector’s decision on 27 October 2016.
According to the data policy, the University of Tampere "adheres to good scientific practice and the principles of open science and research when research data is made open and research results are published". Researchers are encouraged to deposit digital research data produced at the University for long-term preservation primarily with the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD). Data unsuited for preservation at the FSD should be deposited with a reliable national archive of the field or a suitable international data service.
The task of the FSD set out in the data policy is to support making research data openly available. In practice, this entails ensuring long-term access to the archived data and distributing data descriptions to several national and international databases.
The significance of data management plans is also stressed. Researchers should create a plan that includes, among others, a general description of the data as well as details on data collection methods to be used, data storage during the study, anonymization of the data, long-term preservation or destruction of the data, and intentions to open the data for reuse. The FSD’s Data Management Guidelines are mentioned as a source of instructions on good data management and anonymization.
» University of Tampere Publication and Data Policy
(7 March 2017)
FSD’s Data by Theme pages updatedThe FSD’s Data by Theme pages have been updated after a long break. The pages are designed to aid researchers, students and teachers looking for data on particular themes, such as working life, Finnish elections, environment and energy, health, youth and several others. Each theme page lists the newest datasets and data series on the theme available at the FSD. The pages also contain other datasets worth taking a look at handpicked by the FSD staff.
(28 February 2017)
Aila unavailable from 7:00 Tue 14 March, 2017The Aila Data Service will be unavailable from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday 14th March due to move to a new server. The interruption in services will be longer than the usual Tuesday maintenance window. Other FSD online services such as our home pages and the Data Management Guidelines will not be affected. We apologise for the inconvenience.
For technical support or more information contact: tuki.fsd [at] uta.fi
(27 February 2017)
New infrastructure funding from the Academy of FinlandThe Academy of Finland has granted the FSD over 1,7 million euro for the period of 1 January 2017–31 December 2021 based on the proposal the archive submitted in the FIRI 2016 call for research infrastructures based on state memberships. The project is titled "Active FSD for CESSDA: New European Services for Researchers".
The new funding will allow the Data Archive to focus on meeting the requirements set by CESSDA as well as actively taking part in development work within the research infrastructure. The aim is to have an active role in designing the services that CESSDA will offer to European researchers in the future and to ensure that the services provided by the FSD are in line with European and international standards.
» Academy of Finland: Research infrastructures
» Director Helena Laaksonen
(13 February 2017)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 46 (3/2016) is now published.
(8 February 2017)
Use of data continued to increase in 2016Last year, the use of data archived at the FSD grew by 25% compared to 2015, reaching a total of 2,835 downloaded datasets by the end of the year (2015: 2,262). The busiest month in terms of data downloads was September (489), while July was the quietest (79).
A growing number of students and researchers are discovering the advantages of reusing data. In 2016, as many as 1,020 registered users downloaded data from the data service portal Aila (2015: 802). In addition, open access data, which do not require registration, were downloaded by 397 persons. Use of information services provided by the FSD also grew. Overall, the data service portal now has some 2,800 registered users.
Data were mostly downloaded for study (50%) and research purposes (24%). The most popular quantitative dataset in 2016 was, again, Tatu Vanhanen’s Measures of Democracy 1810-2012, while Parenthood after Divorce 2011-2012 was the most downloaded qualitative dataset. However, users were interested in a variety of data types and topics, as 574 different datasets were downloaded at least once over the year.
The FSD data collection grew by 60 datasets in 2016. Currently there are a total of 1,270 datasets in Aila, of which nearly 180 are qualitative and 59 are open access datasets, accessible without registration.
The FSD translates quantitative data (questions and response alternatives) into English for users who do not speak Finnish, on request and free of charge, as well as publishes the translated data in its data catalogue. At present there are over 300 quantitative datasets already available in English. The question and response texts can be searched in “Aila variable search”. Since the launch of Aila in 2014, data downloads in English have comprised about 25% of all downloads. Aila interface will continue to be improved in 2017 and soon international users will be able to restrict their searches to data that are already available in English.
» Data service portal Aila
(24 January 2017)
Helena Laaksonen is the new director for the FSDMrs Helena Laaksonen has been appointed as the new director of the FSD. The Board of the University of Tampere appointed Mrs Laaksonen in its meeting on January 16, 2017.
Helena Laaksonen received her Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Tampere. She has worked for the FSD since 2002, and as an information officer and deputy director since 2004. In recent years, she has also served almost two years as an acting director.
Before joining the Data Archive, she worked as a researcher in sociology in several research projects at the University of Tampere, and at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research in Germany.
– We will continue on our chosen path here at the Data Archive. Together, states Mrs Laaksonen when outlining her vision for the future.
– The FSD is in good shape right now, but the field of research data services is continuously evolving. One must keep up with development, and preferably have an impact on it too.
She also points out that e-infrastructures require constant updating and maintenance.
– For that to be possible, both external funding and collaboration between national and international actors are essential, she concludes.
(18 January 2017)
Christmas and New Year closing timesThe FSD User Services are closed from Wednesday 21 December 2016 and will re-open on Monday 9 January 2016. Aila Data Service will run unattended during this period. In Aila, registered users can download data online in accordance with the conditions set for each dataset.
» Season's Greetings to all our users!
(16 December 2016)
Finnish National Election Study 2015 availableFSD has now published the Finnish National Election Study 2015 (FSD3067, urn:nbn:fi:fsd:T-FSD3067). Questions cover political participation, political attitudes, party support, candidate and party choice and voting behaviour. The dataset also contains Finland’s contribution to the international Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) module 4. The data have been translated into English and are available for research and study purposes.
» Finnish National Election Study 2015 in Aila
(2 September 2016)
Two changes in Aila: Amendment of Terms and Conditions for Aila use, e-mail address confirmationThe FSD has updated its terms and conditions for the use of the Aila Data Service. Even previously registered users must accept the new terms and conditions before they can download more data from Aila. The system asks registered users to do this when they log in.
The amendment relates to the dissemination of personal data and is a consequence of an agreement made between the Finnish copyright society Kopiosto and the Finnish Social Science Data Archive in 2015. The agreement allows the FSD to archive and disseminate newspaper and magazine material as well as photographs collected for research but created by others. According to the agreement, the data archive must inform the society of the users (name and home organisation) of Kopiosto data. The terms and conditions have been amended to allow the archive to submit this information.
Another change in Aila relates to the situation where a registered user changes the contact email address in his or her profile. The system will send an email to the new address, asking the user to click on a link to confirm the address.
» Terms and Conditions for Aila use
» Aila User Services
(22 August 2016)
CESSDA is recruiting a DirectorCESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives) is a research infrastructure for social science data archives across Europe. The Main Office is located in Bergen. CESSDA is now completing the process of becoming a full European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) and is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of director.
CESSDA provides free, high-quality archiving and data management services to the international research community. One of its main goals is to make data available to researchers regardless of the location.
Finland is a member of CESSDA and the Finnish Social Science Data Archive is one of its national service providers.
More information and Application Details:
» Academic Positions: Director of CESSDA
(19 August 2016)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 45 (2/2016) is now published.
(25 July 2016)
Data archiving as part of a Research Project seminar in OuluOpening research data to the research community is a growing trend globally and it is also having a significant impact in Finland. In August, the FSD, in association with the University of Oulu, will arrange a seminar titled Data Archiving as Part of a Research Project in Oulu. Current practices and demands of research funders and publishers will be discussed as well as national services for researchers in Finland. Participants will have the possibility to ask questions, take part in discussion and share good practices. The event is free of charge and open to anyone interested, but prior registration is required.
» Data Archiving as Part of a Research Project - programme & registration
» Health Research Specialist Annaleena Okuloff
(23 June 2016)
Summer 2016 opening hoursThe Data Archive's information service is open the whole summer. However, due to staff holidays delays in answering information service requests are possible from late June to early August. During the summer months we kindly request you to send any queries about datasets, access applications or archiving by email to asiakaspalvelu.fsd at uta.fi. Questions on technical issues with our online services should be directed to tuki.fsd at uta.fi. Our Data Service Portal Aila doesn't take a holiday - data downloads are available without interruptions.
(20 June 2016)
Data Archive's bibliographic citation convention updatedThe FSD has started archiving data with persistent URN identifiers (PIDs). Consequently, the bibliographic citation format suggested by the FSD has also been updated.
In addition to persistent identifiers, the new citation format also includes the data author's organisation. The purpose of these changes is to facilitate linking and searching for data as well as to improve the visibility of universities and other organisations.
All datasets archived at the FSD include an example of the bibliographic citation for our users' convenience. Users can copy and use the recommended citation or amend it to be compatible with the citation requirements of the publication.
CESSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, is in the process of developing common practices relating to persistent identifiers. The FSD will play an active role in the CESSDA cooperation and improve the use of identifiers, for example, to enable data version changes in the future.
» Information Services Manager Hannele Keckman-Koivuniemi
» Instructions on how to cite data in FSD holdings
(27 May 2016)
Service break on May 24, 2016FSD's main web site will be down for scheduled maintenance on May 24, 2016. Service break is scheduled to begin 1am local time (2016-05-16 22:00 UTC) and should be over by 6am (2016-05-24 03:00 UTC). However, we cannot guarantee service availability until 1pm (10:00 UTC).
All web services rooted to www.fsd.uta.fi will be affected. FSD's data portal Aila will function normally during the maintenance work. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
(10 May 2016)
Promoter of Data Archiving AwardThe Promoter of Data Archiving Award is designed to acknowledge persons who have significantly contributed to the data archiving activities and objectives of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. It is a personal, academic distinction and the award itself consists of a small object of art. The recipient of the year 2016 award is Hans Jørgen Marker.
Hans Jørgen Marker had a central role in the transition of CESSDA from the Council of European Social Science Data Archives to the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives. The FSD also benefited significantly from cooperation with the Danish Data Archive and the Swedish National Data Service during Marker’s leadership in these organisations.
(28 April 2016)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 44 (1/2016) is now published.
(1 April 2016)
Datasets charting the lives of children and the youth available at the FSDEnglish translations of the Juvenile Delinquency in Finland 2012, Child Victim Survey 2013, and Finnish Youth Survey 2014 are now available for download at the Aila Data Service. Juvenile Delinquency in Finland 2012 is only available for research purposes, while the other two datasets are available for research, teaching and study purposes.
(23 February 2016)
Significant increase in data use numbersUser statistics from the year 2015 show that the use of FSD data collection continues to grow. This trend has been clearly visible since the launch of the data service portal Aila in mid-2014. The portal allows users to download data online.
Compared to 2014, the number of datasets downloaded grew by 60%, reaching 2,200 by the end of the year. Over 800 registered users downloaded data. In addition, open access data which do not require registration were downloaded by 360 persons.
The most popular quantitative dataset was Measures of Democracy 1810-2012 which can be downloaded without registration. Of qualitative data, the follow-up study Everyday Experiences of Poverty 2012 interested users the most. In addition to the favourites, users showed interest in a wide variety of data: over 500 different datasets were downloaded at least once during the year.
By the end of last year, FSD data collection included 1,200 datasets of which 170 were qualitative. All archived datasets are described in English and published in our catalogue. There are at present over 300 quantitative datasets where the data themselves (questions and response alternatives) have already been translated and are available in English. Their question and responses can be searched in Aila variable search. Since the launch of the portal, about 24 per cent of all downloads have been data in English.
» Aila Data Service
(03 February 2016)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 43 (3/2015) is now published.
(18 December 2015)
User Services closed for the holidaysThe FSD User Services are closed from Monday 21 December 2015 and will re-open on Thursday 7 January 2015. Aila Data Service does not take holidays and will run unsupported during this period. Registered users can download data online in accordance with the conditions set for each dataset.
» Season's greetings to all our users!
» Downloading and using data
» Contact details
(16 December 2015)
Data downloads on the riseUsers have downloaded over 2,000 datasets from Aila Data Service this year. Since the launch of the data service in May 2014, altogether 3,200 downloads have been made. Students and researchers are the biggest user groups. The most popular datasets have so far been Measures of Democracy 1810-2012 (FSD1289) and Democratization and Power Resources 1850-2000 (FSD1216), both of which can be downloaded without registration.
At the moment, Aila contains nearly 1,200 datasets. Download is free of charge but usually requires registration. Most datasets are available for research or education purposes.
(24 November 2015)
FSD to lead CESSDA Metadata Management projectCESSDA has launched a project to develop, promote and implement a standardised metadata design, content and practice for all CESSDA data assets. The main aim of this project is to create a Metadata Standards Portfolio that will become the standard for all CESSDA service providers. The project will be led by Mari Kleemola from the FSD, with other participating member organisations being ADP, CASD, DDA, GESIS, NSD, SND and UKDS.
» Development Manager Mari Kleemola
(24 November 2015)
Service breaks expected on November 18, 2015 9am–noonDue to scheduled maintenance at the Data Archive all online services may be intermittently unavailable Wednesday November 18, 9am-noon local time. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
(11 November 2015)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 42 (2/2015) is now published.
(5 November 2015)
Mari Kleemola elected to DSA BoardFSD's Development Manager Mari Kleemola has been elected to the Board of Data Seal of Approval (DSA) initiative. She will begin her two-year term in January 2016. The Board manages and monitors the DSA assessment procedures, convenes meetings of the General Assembly, conducts the daily business of the DSA Community, and provides information on DSA activities.
» Data Seal of Approval
(15 October 2015)
FSD provides services to humanities and health sciencesOriginally a social sciences data archive, the FSD is close to obtaining a national mandate to archive humanities and health data as well. The Archive has already expanded its services to researchers in these fields. Research specialists Katja Fält and Annaleena Okuloff were recruited in the beginning of 2015. Their initial work tasks have included liaising with researchers and conducting a survey on current data preservation and open access practices in humanities and health sciences. The findings of the survey will be useful in creating national guidelines for data archiving and reuse in these fields.
Many Finnish research funders recommend open access to research data. International scientific publications are increasingly requesting that the data on which the findings are based on are made available for other researchers. It is good for health researchers to take this trend into account. For example, PLOS ONE requires that all data underlying the findings reported in a submitted manuscript must be fully available without restrictions. The publication also recommends that data be deposited in an appropriate public repository. The same availability requirement applies to some of the BioMed Central publications.
» Health Research specialist Annaleena Okuloff
» Humanities Research specialist Katja Fält
(15 October 2015)
Data Management Award to Janne KivivuoriFSD's Data Management Award is an acknowledgement of exemplary data management and attention given to data lifecycle when collecting, organising and archiving data. The recipient of the year 2015 Award is Janne Kivivuori, Research Director in the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy. He directs the data collection of Finnish juvenile delinquency surveys. Data collection begun in 1995 and is conducted every four years. Good data management and pre-planning has allowed the longitudinal data to be collected in a manner that allows archiving and reuse, thereby overcoming research ethical and data protection challenges that such data entail.
» Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, University of Helsinki
» Juvenile Delinquency in Finland survey series
(15 October 2015)
Open lecture: Starting R for social science research"R" is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics, but how to use it in social science research?
Adrian Duşa, the director of the Romanian Social Data Archive (RODA), will offer a free and open introduction to "R" at the University of Tampere (Linna K113) on September 22 2015 at 13–15 pm. The lecture will be held in English and it is organized by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive.
Starting R for social science research:
- introduction to R
- data in, data out
- installing and loading packages
- using functions
- working with data
- specialised packages
(10 September 2015)
EVA Survey on Finnish Values and Attitudes 2015English translation of the EVA Survey on Finnish Values and Attitudes 2015 is now available for download on Aila Data Service for research, teaching and study purposes.
(28 August 2015)
National Election Study 2015The Finnish parliamentary elections were held in April, 2015. Data have subsequently been collected for the National Election Study 2015 which also contains the international Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) module 4. The data thus form Finland’s contribution to the CSES and will be available to users from the Aila Data Service starting from mid-2016.
» Aila Data Service
(21 August 2015)
ISSP 2014: Citizenship II: Finnish DataFinnish data of the International Social Survey Programme's 2014 Citizenship II Survey have been described in English at the FSD. Themes studied included citizen participation, attitudes towards participation, and political and social influence. English translation of the data can be ordered for research, teaching and study purposes.
(30 June 2015)
Summer 2015 opening hoursThe Data Archive's information service is open the whole summer. However, due to staff holidays delays in answering information service requests are possible from June to July. During the summer months we kindly request you to send any queries about datasets, access applications or archiving by email to asiakaspalvelu.fsd at uta.fi. Questions on technical issues with our online services should be directed to tuki.fsd at uta.fi. Our Data Service Portal Aila doesn't take a holiday - data downloads are available without interruptions.
(22 June 2015)
Data Management Guidelines published in EnglishWhat issues should research teams agree on regarding research data before data are collected? How should research participants be informed? How to document and describe data to ensure subsequent data sharing? The answers to these questions and many others can be found in the Data Management Guidelines published by the FSD.
The Archive had already previously published the guidelines in Finnish. The Finnish version has recently undergone a major change and at this point also a version in English was produced. The version in English is not yet quite complete, as some sections are still in progress.
The Data Management Guidelines focus on the situation in Finland and the requirements set by the Finnish legislation. One of the main aims is to help researchers who work in Finland but do not speak Finnish and methodology teachers holding courses for people who do not speak Finnish. It will soon be possible to produce a handy printable version of all sections. The Guidelines are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Data Management Guidelines in English and in Finnish.
(30 April 2015)
New IASSIST PresidentFSD staff member Tuomas J. Alaterä has been elected as President of IASSIST. He takes up office in June 2015. Alaterä served the organisation as Vice-President during the period 2011–2015 and has also been a member of the Web Team.
» Information Network Specialist Tuomas J. Alaterä
» IASSIST website
» IASSIST 2015 Conference, Minneapolis, 2–5 June 2015
(17 April 2015)
Research on copyright-related material facilitatedFinnish copyright society Kopiosto is an umbrella organisation for associations representing performing artists, authors and publishers. Kopiosto has the power of attorney for over 50,000 copyright holders in Finland. The Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) and Kopiosto have now made an agreement allowing the Archive to archive material collected by researchers for their research but created by others. This agreement applies to digital or digitalized newspaper and magazine material as well as photographs, but not to audiovisual material or music.
The Archive can disseminate such archived material for research purposes. The material must be cited appropriately. Special permission rule applies to all such material: The data shall not be published. Users of the data can quote the material in the manner allowed by the Finnish Copyright Act, in accordance with proper usage to the extent necessary for the purpose. The creator and source must be cited in published quotations in an appropriate manner.
(5 March 2015)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 40 (2/2014) is now published.
(17 February 2015)
New infrastructure fundingThe Academy of Finland has granted the Finnish Social Science Data Archive over a million euros for the period of 1 February 2015–31 December 2017, based on the proposal the Archive had submitted for the research infrastructure call FIRI2014.
The new funding will allow the Archive to strengthen its international role, and offer support and expertise to the development projects of the new pan-European research infrastructure CESSDA. The Archive will also develop its programs, databases and practices further. Another major aim is to consolidate services aimed at health sciences and humanities. Two experts on these fields have been hired for this work. On a national level, competence and services related to large-scale national and international survey series as well as data management services will be on the agenda.
» Academy of Finland: Research infrastructures
» Sami Borg and Arja Kuula-Luumi
(17 February 2015)
Christmas and New Year closing timesThe FSD User Services are closed from Monday 22 December 2014 and will re-open on Wednesday 7 January 2015. Aila Data Service will run unattended during this period. In Aila, registered users can download data online in accordance with the conditions set for each dataset.
» Season's Greetings to all our users!
(15 December 2014)
Comparison of Statistics Finland's and FSD's Metadata ModelsBoth Statistics Finland and FSD produce good-quality metadata. However, they each have their own metadata practices and models, due to which the metadata and the systems are not directly compatible. The existing metadata models have been compared for the purpose of finding a common language, creating interoperable metadata and enhancing cooperation possibilities. The work was part of the Meeting CESSDA-ERIC Requirements (VERIC) project funded by the Academy of Finland.
» Download the report (PDF).
(5 November 2014)
Changes in the Data CatalogueStudy descriptions of data that were only documented by the FSD were removed from our data catalogue at the beginning of October. From now on, the FSD will only manage datasets that have been deposited in the archive. The archived data and their descriptions can be downloaded from the Aila Data Service for research, teaching and study purposes. Access to data is subject to the terms and conditions applying to each dataset.
We are also restructuring our data and services pages. Our old data catalogue of archived data will be closed after a transition period. Old links will continue to work.
Access applications to Finnish National Foreign Language Certificate Corpus data are now managed by the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS).
» Aila Data Service
» User Services
» Deposit Data
» Data and Services
» Centre for Applied Language Studies
(29 October 2014)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 39 (1/2014) is now published.
(15 October 2014)
FSD Receives the Data Seal of ApprovalThe Finnish Social Science Data Archive is the first organisation in Finland to have been awarded the Data Seal of Approval (DSA). The DSA is awarded to an organisation that preserves digital research data in a reliable manner and enables the reuse of the data. The DSA is part of the European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories. The framework consists of three levels with increasing requirements, and the DSA is the first of these. The second level involves a self-audit based on ISO 16363 and the third an external audit based on ISO 16363.
The FSD’s DSA application was part of the project of strengthening the national service provision as part of the CESSDA ERIC process. The work related to this undertaking has been done in the FSD Upgrade and VERIC projects, which have received research infrastructure funding from the Academy of Finland.
Links and more information:
» DSA: datasealofapproval.org .
» European Framework: www.trusteddigitalrepository.eu.
» FSD Upgrade (Tietoarkisto 2015) and VERIC on our Current Projects page.
» Information Services Manager Mari Kleemola.
(23 September 2014)
First FSD Data Management Award to Michail GalanakisAffiliated Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Michail Galanakis has taken data management and research ethics commendably into consideration already when planning data collection (FSD2926 Intercultural Urban Public Space in Toronto 2011–2013, available by January 2015). When conducting the interviews, he asked the research participants' written consent for archiving, and also presented his data archiving plan to a local research ethics board in Canada and followed the FSD's Data Management Planning guidelines when processing the data.
The award, a memento and a diploma, is presented to a person, research group or organisation in recognition of exemplary data management and attention given to data lifecycle when collecting, organising and archiving data. Good data management means that the research data and metadata related to the data have been created, stored and organised in a way that keeps the dataset accessible and reliable throughout its life span.
More information » in Finnish.
(17 September 2014)
Nearly 300 datasets downloaded from Aila Data ServiceThe FSD's new data service portal Aila was launched in May. Many users have embraced the new service during the summer and nearly 300 datasets have been downloaded for different purposes, mainly research. Foreign users currently comprise 16 percent of all registered users.
We expect the number of downloads to soar in the coming days when the academic year takes off in earnest in universities and universities of applied sciences.
» Aila Data Service
» FSD User Services
(5 September 2014)
Summer 2014 opening hoursThe Data Archive's information service is open the whole summer. However, due to staff holidays delays in answering information service requests are possible in July. Data Service Portal Aila doesn't take a vacation - data downloads are available without interruptions.
For more information, please contact our information service at email@example.com or by calling +358 40 190 1442. Questions on technical issues with our online services should be directed to tuki.fsd at uta.fi.
(23 June 2014)
Data Service Portal Aila launchedThe FSD has officially launched its new online data service Aila which facilitates access to data. Registered users can download data online, according to the conditions set for each dataset. Browsing and searching data is possible even without registration.
Users are provided with enhanced search opportunities. There is data search allowing users to search study level information, and it is possible to restrict the search to study title, data creator, abstract or keyword. Variable search allows searching for question texts or response alternatives. The previous data catalogue is available for the time being but from now on data deliveries are executed through the Aila service.
The data of many studies have already been translated and can be found with Variable Search in Aila. The FSD translates quantitative data into English on request, free of charge. Once the requested data have been translated, it can be downloaded online.
» Aila Data Service
» Previous data catalogue
» Data translation services
» FSD User Services
(27 May 2014)
ISSP 2014 Annual Meeting in TampereFor the first time the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) Annual Meeting is held in Finland. The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive and the University of Tampere on May 24–28, 2014.
More information on the ISSP 2014 Annual Meeting page.
(21 May 2014)
New Customer Service addressesFSD has new contact addresses for its customer service. Using the new addresses, rather than contacting any particular staff member, ensures that there are no avoidable delays in your service due to the holidays or work-related absences of staff members. For questions related to data, access to or translations of data or archiving please contact FSD User Services. For technical issues, contact our Technical Support. Other contact details are available on a separate web page.
User Services (ordering data, access rights, depositing):
» asiakaspalvelu.fsd at uta.fi, tel. +358 40 190 1442
Technical Support (websites, online services):
» tuki.fsd at uta.fi
(17 April 2014)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 38 (2/2013) is now published.
(7 April 2014)
Qualitative data processingFSD has now published guidelines on how to process qualitative data files in a manner that facilitates data management during the research process as well as subsequent data sharing and archiving.
(12 February 2014)
Follow-up on parliamentary elections 2011FSD2630, a survey studying voting behaviour in the 2011 Finnish parliamentary elections, is now available in English. The follow-up data were collected just after the elections.
(25 November 2013)
Funding for infrastructureThe Academy of Finland has granted the Finnish Social Science Data Archive 900,000 euros for the period of 1 January 2014–31 December 2015. The funding decision was based on the proposal FSD had submitted to the Update of Finland’s national roadmap for research infrastructures (FIRI) call. At the same time, the Academy chose FSD as one of the infrastructures to be included in the updated national roadmap.
The new project aims to improve FSD services and functionalities so that FSD can act as a national service provider in the recently established European-wide CESSDA research infrastructure. One of the main aims is to extend the data archive's national mandate to health and behavioral sciences as well as to humanities. The archive will offer these disciplines the existing data service model with enhanced services. In the case of health sciences, the project will conduct a pilot on archiving a longitudinal health study.
More information: (25 November 2013)
Online services unavailableAll FSD's online services will be unavailable the whole day Saturday October 26 (8am-8pm local time) due to scheduled maintenance and hardware installation at the archive. In addition during Sunday October 27 a number of shorter service breaks (10 to 30 minutes) are expected to occur between 8am-8pm local time. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
(16 October 2013)
Changes in the dissemination of international data seriesThe FSD will no longer disseminate the cross-national data collected in Eurobarometers, Flash Eurobarometers and International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). The Finnish ISSP data continue to be available from the FSD.
Eurobarometers, Flash Eurobarometers and ISSP datasets can be downloaded free of charge from the GESIS data portal ZACAT, or through the GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK), both of which require registration. The ZACAT registration is valid for DBK and vice versa. The GESIS website contains diverse information on the datasets, such as questionnaires by country and codebooks.
The FSD will continue to provide data descriptions of these data series in Finnish. Very succinct data descriptions in English will also continue be provided.
(10 June 2013)
Summer 2013 opening hoursThe Data Archive's information service is open the whole summer. However, due to staff holidays delays in deliveries are possible in July.
For more information, please contact our information service at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +358 40 190 1432.
(7 June 2013)
Online services unavailableFSD's online services will be unavailable between 7:30 - 12:00 local time on Monday 27 May due to electrical installation work at the archive.
(17 May 2013)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 37 (1/2013) is now published.
(26 April 2013)
New Online Service for Data AccessThe new dissemination service Aila will replace the previous access control system based on paper forms. Aila will allow users to search and browse data and metadata online, and download data for research and educational purposes.
See a separate information bulletin for more information on Aila.
(25 April 2013)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 36 (3/2012) is now published. The main theme of the issue is health data.
(5 February 2013)
VERIC projectFollowing a Research Infrastructures call (FIRI 2012), the Academy of Finland has granted FSD 360,000 Euros to build up tools and services needed for the full membership in the forthcoming CESSDA ERIC. The main aim of the VERIC project is to build a new database and tools for metadata capture, storage and repurposing. Another aim is to cooperate with Statistics Finland to enhance metadata interoperability.
(22 January, 2013)
FSD statistics for the year 2012The year 2012 proved to be a busy one for FSD. Altogether, 688 datasets were disseminated to users, which signifies an increase of 30 per cent when compared with last year. The somewhat unexpected outcome of the Finnish parliamentary elections in 2011 had an impact on research as well: Finnish National Election Study 2011 headed the list of most requested datasets, both among users in Finland and abroad. Other elections studies were also much in demand. Of qualitative data, Parenthood after Divorce 2011-2012 was the most popular one.
The number of data acquisitions was 109, and FSD collections now comprise over 1,300 datasets. As for the website, page requests continued to increase from the year 2011, when they rose to over a million for the first time.
(21 January, 2013)
Longitudinal Data on Corporal Punishment of ChildrenFSD has published a series of datasets charting the attitudes of Finns towards the corporal punishment of children. The series, titled Attitudes towards Corporal Punishment of Children in Finland, includes data collected in the years 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012. Questions cover, among others, the use and intentions of using corporal punishment, views on the acceptability of corporal punishment against children, things that constitute a threat to the good life for children and the legal status of corporal punishment.
The data are available for research and study purposes and the archive translates the data into English on request at no cost.
» Archived data in the series
(19 October, 2012)
Centre for Gender Equality Information transfers to THLAt the beginning of the year 2013, the Centre for Gender Equality Information Minna will be transferred to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The Centre is currently located at FSD and is a national service unit providing information on gender equality issues. Minna services will continue to be available.
(8 October, 2012)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 35 (2/2012) is now published.
(21 August, 2012)
CESSDA Expert Seminar in TampereThe CESSDA Expert Seminar (CES) 2012 will be hosted by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive in Tampere, Finland, from Thursday to Friday 4–5 October, 2012. The pre-seminar get-together will take place on Wednesday evening.
The topic of the 2012 seminar is "Data Acquisition and License Agreements". We are inviting presentations and talks on all aspects of the acquisition process. The idea is to share and learn from difficult as well as successful experiences that we all have in data acquisition, and to discuss how to make the acquisition process smooth and satisfactory to all parties.
Further information: (28 June, 2012)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 34 (1/2012) is now published.
(21 June, 2012)
Finnish National Election Study 2011 availableFSD has now published the Finnish National Election Study 2011 (FSD2653). Questions cover political participation, political attitudes, party support, candidate and party choice and voting behaviour. The Finnish parliamentary elections, held in April 2011, had a suprising outcome with a landslide victory for the eurosceptic and anti-immigration True Finns party.
The data have been translated into English and are available for research and study purposes.
» Study description
(30 March, 2012)
New website for FSD launchedFSD launched its redesigned website today. The site now reflects the visual identity used in our printed material since last August.
During the transition period short interruptions in our web services are possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are working to get potential glitches sorted out as soon as possible.
The old web design dated back to 2004. It had served us well but we believe it was time to change. With this new design we hope to make our online services more easily available. Some of the current content has been regrouped and all pages now have a secondary side navigation panel. As a result, some old links are now broken. Most notably, the URLs of the main site and the FSD Bulletin now have two-letter language identifiers (fi/ sv/ or en/). In most cases, we will redirect users to new locations but a number of pages have been permanently removed or integrated with other resources. The number of broken links may initially be higher right after the launch but we are working on to correct them.
Our new logo and visual identity were designed by Redflow Inc. while the inhouse web team is responsible for all the changes in the structure and content.
Further information: Please contact Tuomas J. Alaterä
(20 March, 2012)
New website forthcomingFSD will launch its redesigned website in March (week 12). With this new design we hope to make data and services more easily available and make archive's webpages easy to read and navigate. Due to configuration changes some downtime and short interruptions in services are to be expected. Many of the URLs will change too. For example the data catalogue will move to a new URL. We are doing our best to make the transition as smooth as possible.
(6 March, 2012)
FSD statisticsFor the first time ever, FSD web pages received over a million page requests in a year. 110 datasets were deposited at the archive. FSD collections now comprise about 1,200 datasets, of which more than 150 are qualitative data. The number of archived datasets disseminated to users was 527. The most frequently requested data was Eva Survey on Finnish Values and Attitudes 2010. As for qualitative data, the most popular one was Women and War 1987 - 1988, a study on Finnish women's experiences and memories of the WWII.
(21 February, 2012)
Longitudinal data on working conditions in FinlandFSD collections now include Finnish Working Life Barometers which provide an excellent opportunity for for studying changes in working life over time. Data have been collected annually since 1992. The surveys study employee opinions on the quality of Finnish working life, with most questions repeated each year. Some of the surveys are already available in English and and more are translated on request.
(20 February, 2012)
New Bulletin publishedFSD Bulletin 33 (2/2011) is now published.
(17 February, 2012)
FSD Bulletin 32 (1/2011) now published.
(9 June 2011)
FSD Bulletin 31 (3/2010) now published.
(16 February 2011)
FSD has replaced its previous search engine by the Google customized search engine. We are hoping that the new search will be more user-friendly and produce more accurate hits. It is still possible to target your search to all FSD pages or only the data pages, or restrict your search to particular a file format. You can also choose different tabs to view the search results for a particular category of pages. Should you wish to do a more detailed search of data, for example, narrow down your search to titles, variables or question texts, you can do so with the Nesstar search interface.
More information on search and search instructions.
(25 January 2011)
Following a Research Infrastructures call (FIRI 2010), the Academy of Finland has awarded funding for FSD to upgrade its national services and to meet the requirements of an international RI (CESSDA-ERIC). CESSDA-ERIC is planned to start operating in late 2011. In order to meet the criteria of full membership, FSD needs to extend and strenghten many of its services.
After the upgrade, the scientific community will have much easier access to FSD data holdings with online registration and data download, better documented data from a wider range of research fields, and benefits from a better management of complex data. Other goals include research on costs, preservation and sharing of digital research data, and the provision of training material and courses on data management to the Finnish research community. The five-year project was awarded over a million euros.
More information: Project description.
(15 December 2010)
New theme pages published on poverty, information technology in the everyday lives of citizens, Europe and the European Union, and the elderly and ageing.
(26 July 2010)
The Data Archive's information service is open the whole summer. However, due to staff holidays delays in deliveries are possible in July.
The Centre for Gender Equality Information Minna is closed from 28 June to 30 July.
For more information, please contact our information service at email@example.com or by calling +358 40 190 1432.
(30 June 2010)
FSD Bulletin 30 (2/2010) now published.
(24 June 2010)
New theme pages published on working life and government, administration and organisations.
(7 June 2010)
FSD Bulletin 29 (1/2010) now published.
(8 April 2010)
FSD has published new guidelines on how to cite data files, questionnaires and codebooks.
(31 March 2010)
New theme page published on immigration, foreigners and racism. (7 )
FSD Bulletin 28 (3/2009) now published.
(7 December 2009)
FSD Bulletin 27 (2/2009) now published.
(23 September 2009)
The telephone numbers of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive have changed, because the Archive switched from landline to mobile phones in June. New numbers are updated on the web site. Fax number of the Archive did not change.
(22 June 2009)
The Data Archive will move in July: Our website will be down and customer services closed from July 6 to 10, 2009
The Finnish Social Science Data Archive will move on Tuesday July 7, 2009 to Åkerlundinkatu 5. Our new building is located right behind the University Library Linna. All our services will be closed from July 6-10, 2009. Our website and other online services are expected to be down too from July 6-8.
The telephone numbers of the Data Archive will change too. New numbers will be announced later (see contact information). Old numbers should work for the time being. The Data Archive's postal address and staff's email addresses do not change. Email will be functioning normally during the move, but there will delays in responses.
For more information:
- email: fsd [at] uta.fi
- tel: +358 40 190 1432
- FSD staff contact information
(10 June 2009)
FSD Bulletin 26 (1/2009) now published.
(11 May 2009)
The FSD has published guidelines for and concrete examples of data management planning, both for quantitative and qualitative data. Nowadays, several funders require researchers to append a data management plan to their research plan. A data management plan describes how research data will be collected, how the data will be used and stored during the research project, and how its reuse will be enabled and long-term preservation ensured after the original research is completed.
Online Registration to the IASSIST/IFDO 2009 conference has now been opened. The conference will be held at Tampere, Finland, 26-29 May, and is hosted by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive and the University of Tampere. The theme of the conference is Mobile Data and the Life Cycle.
To secure accommodation of your choice, we recommend registering as early as possible. Early Bird rate is valid until March 24.
More information on the conference website.
(12 February 2009)
The FSD has published guidelines for anonymisation of data, both for quantitative and qualitative data. Though compliant with the Finnish legislation, the guidelines contain general tips and instructions, and may thus be useful to researchers and data depositors from other countries.
FSD Bulletin 25 (3/2008) now published.
(8 January 2009)
The data archive's servers will be renewed between 7th and 11th January 2009. The transition to the new system may cause short breaks in our services. Our website may be down occasionally and data delivery might be delayed. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
(17 December 2008)
The FSD conducted an Internet survey on the preservation and reuse of research data in Finnish universities, targeting humanities, social sciences and behavioural sciences. Download the report Open Access to and Reuse of Research Data - The State of the Art in Finland (PDF).
(10 October 2008)
New theme pages published on topics including religion and religiosity, sports and fitness services and the media.
FSD Bulletin 24 (2/2008) now published.
(7 July 2008)
FSD Bulletin 23 (1/2008) now published.
(26 June 2008)
Our information service is open the whole summer. However, due to staff holidays delays in deliveries are possible in late June, July and August. For more information, please contact our information service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(19 May 2008)
The FSD has now published the combined data files of the popular Finnish Voter Barometer series. FSD2276 contains the surveys from the years 1973 - 1990, and FSD2274 contains the years 1992 - 2005. More surveys will be added to the latter file as time goes on. The data have been translated into English, they are available at no cost for research purposes, and the codebooks can be read online.
(18 February 2008)
The Council of European Social Science Data Archives Research Infrastructure (CESSDA RI) was identified in 2006 by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap exercise as an existing pan-European RI recommended for a major upgrade. The preparatory phase project for a major upgrade of the CESSDA RI has now been granted funding by the EC from its Seventh Framework Programme. The two-year project, the acronym of which is CESSDA PPP, was launched in January. 17 European data archives, including the FSD, participate in the project.
» More information
(18 February 2008)
FSD Bulletin 22 (2/2007) now published.
(13 February 2008)
The IASSIST 2009 Conference will be held in Tampere, Finland. It will be the 35th annual conference held by the IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology). Over 200 experts on data archiving, documentation and dissemination are expected to come to Tampere in May 2009. This will be the first time the conference is held in Finland.
FSD Bulletin 21 (1/2007) now published.
(5 April 2007)
FSD Bulletin 20 (2/2006) now published
(9 February 2007)
The FSD is offering new ways for you to find relevant data sets: our data catalogue can now be browsed by number, title, topic, keyword, or series. Another change is that the data catalogue has been divided into two main parts. The first part contains information on data that are archived at the FSD, and distributed by the archive. The second contains documentation on data that are held elsewhere, with information on access place and distributor.
Our information service is open the whole summer. However, due to staff holidays delays in deliveries are possible in July. For more information, please contact our information service at email@example.com.
(14 June 2006)
FSD Bulletin 19 (1/2006) now available in English.
(24 April 2006)
FSD Bulletin 18 (3/2005) now available in English.
(07 December 2005)
FSD Bulletin 17 (2/2005) now available in English.
(23 June 2005)
The telephone numbers of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive changed 30 May 2005, because the number of University telephone exchange was changed. The previous (03) 215 prefix was replaced by (03) 3551. For example, the FSD's service numbers have changed as follows:
Old: tel. +358 3 215 8519, fax +358 3 215 8520
New: tel. +358 3 3551 8519, fax +358 3 3551 8520.
When calling to the old number, the call will be directed automatically to the new number for the time being.
(6 June 2005)
FSD Bulletin 16 (1/2005) now available in English.
(20 April 2005)
FSD Bulletin 15 (3/2004) now available in English.
(8 February 2005)
Redesigned access and agreement forms are available in various formats. The new forms are shorter and clearer than the previous versions and should thus facilitate the archiving process.
(5 January 2005)
- FSD will launch its redesigned website on April 16th, 2004. With this new design the FSD hopes to make data more easily available and make archive's webpages easy to read and navigate.
(23 March 2004)
FSDneWWs 13 (1/2004) now available in English.
(3 March 2004)