The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) was last week (Friday 9 June) established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by Commission Decision.

CESSDA and its service providers are involved in several SERISS work packages including: WP4: Interactive tools for cross-national surveys, WP5: Training and dissemination, and WP6: New forms of data – legal, ethical and quality issues.

CESSDA provides large scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences, having evolved from a network of European data service providers.

Their main office is based in Bergen, Norway, meaning that this is the first time that an ERIC will be hosted by an associated country.

Since its establishment in 1976, CESSDA has served as an informal umbrella organisation for a number of national data archives in Europe.

In June 2013, CESSDA was established as a permanent legal entity, owned and financed by the individual member states’ ministry of research or delegated institution.

CESSDA featured on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmaps of 2006 and 2008 and was listed as one of the ESFRI Success Stories in the Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures Roadmap 2010.

CESSDA was recognised as an ESFRI Landmark in the ESFRI 2016 Roadmap in the field of social and cultural innovation.

Marianne Høgetveit Myhren from the Norwegian Centre for Research Data – NSD, a service provider for CESSDA, wrote an article in our first newsletter about the legal, ethical and quality issues associated with data archiving under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

CESSDA was named as a partner with the European Social Survey as part of a new Horizon 2020 project, European Research Infrastructures in the International Landscape (RISCAPE).

Lorna Balkan from the UK Data Archive – a service provider for CESSDA contributing to the SERISS project – explained the development of a European Social Sciences Electronic Thesaurus (ELSST) in our second newsletter.