Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)
NSD is one of the largest archives for research data of its kind and provides data to researchers and students in Norway and abroad. Additionally, NSD is a resource centre, which assists researchers with regard to data gathering, data analysis, and issues of methodology, privacy and research ethics. The main objective is to improve possibilities and working conditions for empirical research that is primarily dependent on the access to data. To fulfil this objective NSD works to reduce financial, technical, legal and administrative barriers between users and data resources.
Within the fields NSD operates, three factors have been of crucial importance in making favourable conditions for accessing data:
- The Research Council of Norway has provided the resources required for developing NSD as a national infrastructure facility for access to data for research.
- Statistics Norway has chosen NSD as a channel for data dissemination for research.
- The Norwegian Data Inspectorate has chosen NSD as its partner for implementation of the statutory data privacy requirements in the research community.
NSD is a Limited Company owned by the Ministry of Education and Research.