The FOSTER-CESSDA training project is a series of hands-on multi-day doctoral training events for the social sciences in Research Data Management for Open Data. They will be held at universities in five European countries, organised with partners of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). The Facilitate Open Science Training For European Research (FOSTER) project aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to foster open science. CESSDA is a long-established umbrella organization of European data archives that works towards standardisation of data and metadata, data sharing and knowledge mobility across Europe.

Topics covered during the training will be critical areas related to research data management for open data in the social sciences, such as metadata and contextual description, ethical and legal aspects of sharing sensitive or confidential data, anonymising research data for reuse, and writing a data management plan.

Teaching will be delivered by trainers from across the CESSDA partners, with specific aims to exchange training ideas and practices and build capacity among the CESSDA partners; co-develop new, harmonised and multilingual research data management materials and exercises for use in doctoral RDM training; as well as training materials that emphasise where data management aspects in data sharing differ across countries, e.g. due to legal or ethical context.

More details and programme information will be announced soon
1. Research Data Management and Open Data, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23rd to 25th July 2015…


  • UK Data Service (University of Essex and University of Manchester)
  • GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences: Alexia Katsanidou, Sebastian Netscher
  • National Archives/Danish Data Archive (DDA): Anne Sofie Fink, Bodil Stenvig
  • Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS): Alexandra Stam, Brian Kleiner
  • Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (ADP): Irena Vipavc Brvar, Sonja Bezjak
  • Contact information

    Veerle Van den Eynden, UK Data Service