Archiving research data

NSD archives research data on people and society to make sure the data can be shared and is made available for reuse. We continuously enrich our data collections to provide a richer basis for research.

NSD archives data to make it available for researchers in Norway and abroad, especially within the social sciences, humanities but also for medical and health research.

We archive data from relevant projects within these subject areas on behalf of the Research Council of Norway.

We do not offer temporary storage of data, i.e. storage of data that is still being collected and processed.

Data that should be archived at NSD

NSD’s main focus is quantitative data matrices on individuals, organisations, administrative, political, and geographical actors. We also include other data types as long as thet follow our selection criteria.

Requirements for data to be included in the NSD collection:

  • The data is digital and is about people and society.
  • Data must be valid, reliable and up to date.
  • Data has a reusability valueby being well documented and having sufficient contextual material.
  • For qualitative data, permission to archive and share the data with indirect personal identifiers must have been obtained.
NSD’s core value is that research data is a collective good that should be shared.

Archiving data

Do you have data that should be included in our collections? Log in to describe your data and we will ensure that they meet our archiving criteria.

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What do we do with the data?

To ensure reusability, data must be archived and made available according to the existing ethical and legal frameworks. Data archived at NSD have an added value thanks to the thorough and continuous curation process carried out to ensure that they comply with the FAIR data principles.

New data received by NSD goes through several review stages, both in terms of technical requirements and depending on whether the data contains personal information. This is the case both for additions to large existing data collections and data sets from an individual researcher.

Furthermore, we ensure that the data material is documented in a way that ensures that researchers who wish to use the data, have all the necessary information. NSD uses recognised standards for metadata such as DDI and Dublin Core.

Certified archive

NSD's archive for research data meet the criteria for being a Trusted Digital Repository, and is certified with the CoreTrustSeal.

NSD is the Norwegian Service Provider for CESSDA ERIC. In 2014, NSD established an agreement to archive research data on behalf of the National Archives of Norway, to ensure that valuable data remains available in the future.