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ADP - Slovenian Social Science Data Archives

...offer access to data that are interesting for social science analysis, with emphasis on problems related to Slovenian society. Priority is given to theoretically significant and methodologically well designed studies, especially data gathered over a period of time and international comparative data that include Slovenia.

Source: ADP website


CESSDA provides large scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences, having evolved from a network of European data service providers into a legal entity and large-scale infrastructure under the auspices of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap in June 2013.

Source: CESSDA website


CIMES (Centralising and Integrating Metadata from European Statistics) provides a large and comprehensive overview of official micro data disseminated for research purposes by the national statistical institutes (NSI) across Europe. It is a database describing these data and the procedures for requesting access to them with information about the different types of files available (Public Use Files, Scientific Use Files, Secure Use Files) available, conditions of access and links to the providers.

Source: CIMES website

Destatis (German Federal Statistical Office)

The Federal Statistical Office is the leading provider of high-quality statistical information on Germany.

We provide the statistical information required for the development of an informed opinion and the decision making processes in a democratic society while ensuring neutrality, objectivity and scientific independence of our work and data confidentiality regarding the micro data placed at our disposal.

Source: Destatis website


The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an effort to create an international standard for describing data from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

Source: DDI website


The project had a mission to support equal and easy access to the rich resources of official microdata for the European Research Area, within a structured framework where responsibilities and liability would be equally shared.

Source: DwB website


Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.

Source: Eurostat website

Research Data Centres of the Federal Statistical Office and the statistical offices of the Länder

The research data centres provide access to selected microdata of official statistics to researchers for scientific purposes.

Source: website of the Research Data Centres of the Federal Statistical Office and the statistical offices of the Laender

Réseau Quetelet (French portal for data in the humanities and social sciences)

The Réseau Quetelet, in cooperation with its partners, provides researchers from France and abroad interested in data treatment with the requisite access to databases in the following domains:

  • Major data, censuses and other databases of French National Statistics
  • Major French research data
  • Privileged access to international data
  • Source: Réseau Quetelet website

RODA - Romanian Social Data Archive

RODA is the national Romanian institution specialised in archiving electronic data collections obtained by social research.

The archive contains data collections accessible for the academic community and the interested public, for secondary and comparative analysis [...] ranging from free access to some level of restriction imposed by owners. The archive serves as an intermediary between the data owners and data users.

Source: RODA website