International Memberships

SND and its staff are members in a number of international organisations

CESSDA ERIC - Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives is a consortium for social science data archives across Europe. Since the 1970s the members have worked together to improve access to data for researchers and students. CESSDA research and development projects and Expert Seminars enhance exchange of data and technologies among data organisations. Via the CESSDA’s member archive, researchers and students have access to more than 25,000 data collections.

DataCite is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at establishing easier access to scientific research data on the Internet, increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scientific record and to support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study. DataCite members can mint research data with persistent identifiers (DOI).

DDI Alliance The Data Documentation Initiative is an international effort to establish a standard for technical documentation describing social science data. A membership-based Alliance is developing the DDI specification, which is written in XML.

IASSIST - International Association for Social Science Information IASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences. Its 300 members are from a variety of workplaces, including data archives, statistical agencies, research centres, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations.

ICPSR - Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research The Swedish membership in ICPSR is financed by the Swedish Research Council and administered by SND. SND is a member of ICPSR and as a result, provides Swedish researchers and students free of charge access to ICPSR’s data collection as well as a reduced course fee for ICPSR’s summer school. 29 Swedish universities and university colleges are included in the Swedish membership.

IFDO - International Federation of Data Archives A main goal of the IFDO network is worldwide cooperation as well as the exchange of data files and social science information between national archives. The federation represents member organisations in Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. IFDO was established in response to advanced research needs of the international social science community. The founders felt it would be advantageous to coordinate worldwide data services and thus enhance social science research.

RDA - Research Data Alliance SND coordinates the Swedish node of the Research Data Alliance. The mission of RDA is to enable researchers and innovators to share data across technologies, disciplines, and countries. The development work in RDA is carried out by the members within the framework of around 100 Working and Interest groups.