Past projects

Big Data Network Support

Providing a coherent, connected and accessible data infrastructure to secure the long-term future of the ESRC Big Data Network. Find out more about the Big Data Network Support project.

CESSDA CV Manager Tool

This project is to produce a tool for CESSDA to manage controlled vocabularies (CVs) as they will form a crucial part of the forthcoming CESSDA metadata standard. Find out more about the CESSDA CV Manager Tool.


A five-year project funded by the ESRC to align two seminal thesauri for international humanities and social science communities to ensure they can be maintained and improved with integrity for future generations. Find out more about the CESSDA ELSST.

CESSDA Euro Question Bank 2019

The aim of this project is to develop and implement the Euro Question Bank (EQB), a central search facility across all The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives’ (CESSDA) survey holdings. Find out more about the CESSDA EQB.

CESSDA Metadata Management

Developing, promoting and implementing a standardised metadata design, content and practice for all CESSDA data assets. Find out more about CESSDA Metadata Management.

CESSDA Metadata Office (MDO)

Providing a core conceptual and strategic group to maintain and manage the CESSDA core metadata model and controlled vocabularies, and to provide a “metadata watch”. Find out more about CESSDA Metadata Office (MDO).

CESSDA Ontology Management System

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Ontology Management System project is working towards a replacement for the current European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST) multilingual thesaurus management system, which is nearing the end of its life. Find out more about the CESSDA Ontology Management System.


Developing a one-stop-shop, the Product and Services Catalogue (PaSC), to find datasets for social science research as part of its work with CESSDA. Find out more about CESSDA PaSc.


The CESSDA SaW project is aimed at strengthening and widening the already existing CESSDA Consortium (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives). Find out more about CESSDA SaW.

The training group is a space for cooperation among all training practitioners within CESSDA Service Providers and acts as an advisory body to the work of CESSDA Training. Find out more about CESSDA Training.


Vocabularies in CESSDA (VOICE) is a service to manage the multilingual content of CESSDA. A policy regarding creation and maintenance of multilingual content will be defined. The work plan encompasses both the content and management system of ELSST. Find out more about CESSDA VOICE.

Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)

Bringing together eight leading studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service, CLOSER works to stimulate interdisciplinary research, provide training and develop shared resources and expertise. Find out more about our CLOSER activities.

Digital Futures

Providing 21st century access to ESRC-funded and high impact qualitative data, through a programme of digitisation and exploitation of XML web technologies. Find out more about Digital Futures.


A series of five hands-on doctoral training events for the social sciences in Research Data Management for Open Data, at selected universities in five European countries, organised with partners of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). Find out more about FOSTER- CESSDA training.

Historic Census Microdata

Funded by the ESRC to create Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from British censuses dating from 1961 to 1981. Find more about Historic Census Microdata.

Open Science

A study investigating the current attitudes and actual practices of researchers to open science, the barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open science and the measures research funders can take to mitigate these barriers. Find out more about the Open Science study.


This project, funded by the ESRC’s National Centre for Research Methods, will create an easy-to-use tool that helps data creators and users quality assess quantitative data files, and to create associated training materials. Find out more about QAMyData.

Risk Utility Management

Funded by the ESRC under the UK Data Service Innovation Fund to deliver an easy-to-use software application to allow and automate the creation of anonymised datasets from confidential sources. Find out more about Risk Utility Management.

Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL)

The EPSRC is funding this five-year, multi-disciplinary research programme to develop a portal that will enable new research with the potential to transform research into UK energy challenges.

This programme provides the potential to transform UK energy research through the long-term provision of high quality, high-resolution energy data, enabling a reliable evidence base for intervention, observational and longitudinal studies across the socio-technical spectrum. Find out more about SERL.

Smarter Household Energy Data: infrastructure for policy and planning

Funded by the ESRC, this is a collaborative project with researchers in South Africa investigating big data infrastructure in the use of household energy. Find out more about the Smarter Household Energy Data project.

Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC)

SSHOC is developing the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) – an initiative to provide European researchers and professionals with open and seamless services for storage, management, and analysis and re-use of research data. Find out more about the SSHOC project.

Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructure in the Social Sciences (SERISS)

The overarching objective of this project is to support the European Union, the European Commission and the Member States to tackle socio-economic challenges across Europe, bringing together three research infrastructures in the social sciences. Find out more about SERISS.

UK Research Data Discovery

This project aims to develop a service that enables the discovery and encourages the reuse of UK research data held in UK research institutions. Find out more about UK Research Data Discovery.