About Us: Finnish Social Science Data Archive

The Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) provides a single point of access to a wide range of digital research data for learning, teaching and research purposes. The archive is a national resource centre funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the University of Tampere. In addition to archiving and dissemination of data, key services include data-related information services and support for research data management. The archive operates as a separate unit of the University of Tampere.

FSD promotes open access to research data as well as transparency, accumulation and efficient reuse of scientific research. FSD also responsibly implements the FAIR data principles, which aim at making data and services Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable. Efficient, fair and free services are the cornerstone of our activities.

FSD has been awarded the CoreTrustSeal (CTS) which is granted to an organisation that preserves digital research data in a reliable manner and enables the reuse of the data.


FSD's main functions are:

  • data acquisition
  • processing and preserving archived data
  • providing metadata for archived data
  • supervising use conditions set for data
  • delivering data to users
  • providing other information services related to data
  • promoting data reuse
  • promoting good practices in data collection and reuse
  • supporting research methods teaching
  • providing information on data archiving activities
  • participating in international data archive collaboration

In addition to its main functions FSD:

  • participates in developing data processing practices at national and international level
  • organises and promotes social science research and teaching
  • produces publications on relevant issues
  • develops other relevant services

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updated 2018-04-19