FSD focuses on acquiring social science data. Under certain circumstances, data from other relevant fields (Arts and Humanities, Education, and health sciences) can also be archived. Datasets deposited at the archive must meet certain technical and legal requirements. Before dissemination, archived datasets are processed and documented.
Archiving and dissemination of data are regulated by specific conditions and agreements. Depositors can set conditions on the use of their data, and secondary users must comply with the conditions set by depositors and the archive. As a rule, archiving does not affect copyright or ownership of data.
The archive disseminates data for research and teaching, free of charge. Many datasets are already available in English, and more are translated on request. This service is also free of charge. Data are not disseminated for commercial purposes.