Data and metadata out


Work process

The catalogue entry

When you approve the reviewed description of your data, it will be published in SND's research data catalogue, and the uploaded data will receive a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). A DOI is a persistent identifier that makes it easier to search for and cite data. If the data are going to be accessible via direct download, the datafiles and related documentation will also be made accessible through the catalogue entry. If there will be restrictions to data access, and the data won’t be openly accessible in the SND catalogue, you can still choose to make related documentation (questionnaires, code books, technical reports, etc.) accessible. 

The file format and storage medium will be updated as needed. You will always be able to remove uploaded data or to delete the entry entirely.

Visibility and reuse

Data that are made accessible with SND will be available to order or download via SND’s research data catalogue, according to the terms specified in the agreement. When submitted data are provided with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), they become visible with DataCite and Web of Science. Some research data in SND’s catalogue will also become searchable in the CESSDA Data Catalogue, a European research data catalogue for social science data.

Research data are often reused for further research or for teaching purposes. Researchers who use existing data for their own research should always cite the person who produced the material, in the same way as they would reference publications, and they are asked to notify SND about publications with data retrieved from us. It is good practice to only use data for the purpose stated at the time of ordering, and to not pass on them on to other people.

Access to data in SND's catalogue can be on different levels:

  • Direct access to data means that the material can be downloaded directly via SND's research data catalogue. This is the recommended level if there are no restrictions on the datasets.
  • Access by order means that users are required to place an order for the material before they can access it. You can also choose to be contacted for approval before the data are released.

Read more about SND’s accessibility levels.

SND keeps statistics over the number of times data are downloaded or ordered. If you want to view these statistics, please contact In time, statistics will become accessible after you’ve logged in to the system.