In addition to archiving and dissemination of data, FSD offers data-related information services and support for research data management at all stages of the data life cycle for researchers, students, teachers, research funders and anyone else with an interest in research data.
Services for Designated Communities
The central user groups of FSD services are: students, teachers, researchers and research funders.
FSD archives research data collected on Finnish society, people and cultural phenomena and preserves the data for the long term. Students, teachers and researchers can get their hands on both Finnish and international research data through our holdings. FSD offers a variety of services online, free of charge. FSD user services will also help you personally with e.g. data management and depositing your data at FSD.
Take a closer look at FSD's services for designated communities!
FSD curates digital data in a secure environment and ensures the data are easily accessible to users, decade after decade.
We provide support to researchers in archiving their data and do a large part of the practical work needed to archive the data.
We publish descriptions of all datasets in Finnish and English on Aila Data Service, increasing the international visibility of data. Data descriptions are also available in several national and international catalogues.
Read more about the benefits of open data in our Data Management Guidelines.
Sharing and depositing data benefits researchers in many ways:
- Sharing data is a scientific merit. Merits in producing and sharing research data can be included, for example, in Researcher’s curriculum vitae, under Scientific and societal impact of research.
- Publications based on archived data get more citations than publications based on dormant or inaccessible data.
- Some international scientific publications require that data are accessible as a condition for publishing the article.
- Several research funders, including the Academy of Finland, Kone foundation, Finnish work Environment Fund and Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, require a data management plan and recommend that data produced in projects funded by them are archived at FSD.
- Availability of research data promotes open science, scientific enquiry and debate.
FSD provides advice and guidance in searching and using research data.
Our free-of-charge information service can help you with questions related to the data in FSD holdings as well as data management and long-term preservation of data. We will gladly also help you with questions concerning data collection planning, ethical and legal issues, and informing research participants.
You can also ask our user services personnel for help with locating international data.
FSD User Services
email: user-services.fsd ( at ) tuni.fi
tel. +358 40 190 1442
All service requests are recorded in our internal database to ensure quick and effective service.
Aila Data Service
All datasets archived at FSD are available on Aila Data Service, free of charge.
Aila contains approximately 1,400 datasets, the majority of which are quantitative data. Aila has over 3,200 registered users from universities in Finland and abroad. Approximately 10% of the users are from abroad.
Data are available free of charge for registered users, in accordance with access conditions set for each dataset. Most datasets are available for research, teaching and study purposes while some have stricter access conditions. Approximately 80 are openly available for all users without registration. The variables of many quantitative datasets are already available in English and more are translated on request.
Data Management Guidelines
The online guidelines contain practical instructions on managing digital research data in all stages of the data lifecycle.
In the guidelines you will find, among others, detailed advice on preparing a data management plan, guidelines on informing research participants about the processing of their personal data, and practical tips on anonymising both quantitative and qualitative research data. The online guidelines are written by FSD's data service experts.
Textual Data Collection Tool Penna
Penna is a data collection tool created to facilitate collection and streamlined archiving of qualitative textual data.
With Penna, the Finnish Social Science Data Archive handles the technical implementation of data collection for your study as well as the participants' archiving permissions. FSD archives all datasets collected with Penna as far as the writers consent to archiving. Penna was developed for FSD by computer science students at the University of Tampere. Penna's user interface is currently only available in Finnish, but data collection is possible in English as well. Contact FSD User Services for more information.
A closer look at FSD services
FSD’s basic operations include archiving and dissemination of research data for reuse, but we also offer several other types of services for researchers, students and everyone else interested in issues regarding research data.
The Aila Data Service provides access to data archived at FSD, in accordance with the conditions set for each dataset. On Aila, there are nearly 1,300 datasets, roughly 200 of which are qualitative. Registered Aila users include students, teachers and researchers from all Finnish universities and polytechnics.
CESSDA is a pan-European research infrastructure consisting of data archives across Europe. CESSDA provides training and data services free of charge. Finland is a member of and FSD is a national service provider for CESSDA. The CESSDA Data Catalogue contains metadata of all data in the holdings of CESSDA’s service providers.
The online guidelines written by FSD’s experts contain practical instructions on managing digital research data in all stages of the data lifecycle. In the guidelines you will find, among others, detailed advice on preparing a data management plan.
Democracy indicators monitor the state and development of Finnish democracy. They are based on high quality survey data and registers, especially on election studies in connection with parliamentary elections. FSD publishes the indicators as part of the Finnish Election Study Portal. For the time being, democracy indicators are only available in Finnish.
The FNESdata Longitudinal Survey Metadata Portal allows users to examine the variables in the combined data of four Finnish National Election Studies (2013–2015). The portal has a basket where users can save the variables they need.
Our user services will be glad to help you with any questions relating to research data. Need help with planning data collection, managing your data or long-term preservation? Cannot find suitable data for your research? Contact us and we will help.
Research methods web resource (MOTV in Finnish) is an environment for teaching and learning quantitative and qualitative research methods of the social and behavioural sciences. FSD is in charge of planning, maintaining and developing the project. QuantiMOTV is a web resource for quantitative and QualiMOTV for qualitative methods. MOTV is only available in Finnish.
Penna is a data collection tool created to facilitate collection and streamlined archiving of qualitative textual data. It handles the technical implementation of data collection as well as the participants’ archiving permissions. Penna’s user interface is available only in Finnish, but data collection is possible in English as well.
Pohtiva is the Finnish Party Agenda Database containing current and past agendas of Finnish political parties as well as other significant political documents. Pohtiva is only available in Finnish.