CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Sciences Data Archives) has a mission: coordinate the access to data in Europe for SSH research through best practices in archiving, documentation and access to data bases for member countries. It is one out of five large sized SSH research infrastructures recognized by the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) process.

CASD contributes to CESSDA developments and to its activities through PROGEDO (PROduction et GEstion des DOnnées en SHS – Production and Management of SSH data-).


Dating back to 1976, CESSDA has been an official European research infrastructure since 2013 and was granted the status of ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) in 2017, involving ministries or Research Councils in its governance.

France is a founding member of CESSDA ERIC with its PROGEDO infrastructure, whose CESSDA France-Réseau Quetelet department is to act as the French National Service Provider for CESSDA.

transnational DATA access

Few partner databanks of CESSDA currently host detailed data which require secure access, such as those from public statistics and administration. The potential from a research standpoint for such data to be made available will be of the utmost importance for CESSDA after its initial construction phase (creating a catalog and a European database).


CASD is currently involved in two CASSDA activities in the scope of its construction phase. CASD thus follows the standards for metadata which will be recommended to CESSDA partners and on the establishment of a single access point (one stop shop) enabling researchers to quickly access every available resource.

In the long run, CASD is interested by CESSDA’s role in deploying a distributed secure infrastructure as drawn out in the DwB project for confidential national data and in the ESSnet DARA project for European confidential data (Eurostat), both projects for which CASD has carried out a Proof of Concept.