About Us

The Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) is a national resource centre for research and education.

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 operates as a separate unit of the Tampere University.

CoreTrustSeal (logo) 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 data.

FSD is Finland’s national service provider for CESSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, which provides services to researchers internationally. FSD has worked toward responsible open science in Finland since 1999.

The archive is a national resource centre funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Tampere University. In addition, FSD receives project funding for research infrastructure projects from the Academy of Finland and CESSDA. Occasionally, FSD works on projects funded by other actors.

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

Operating Principles

The 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.

FSD disseminates data for research, teaching and studying, free of charge. Some of the datasets are openly available for anyone for any use. Research refers to work in which answers to research questions are sought through systematic analysis of data and application of the research methods of the field, and which is carried out at universities, research institutes or other equivalent organisations. Teaching refers to courses at a university, university of applied sciences or equivalent organisation. Study refers to studies under the supervision of a teacher, lecturer etc. at a university, university of applied sciences or equivalent organisation.

Approximately one quarter of the datasets on Aila are already available in English, and more are translated on request. This service is also free of charge.