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Aila is Finnish Social Science Data Archive’s (FSD) online data discovery, deposit and download service. Aila facilitates access to research data from the social sciences and related fields.

Everyone can download data online from Aila according to the conditions set for each dataset. Some data are available for all users and for the rest registration in advance is required. Everyone can freely search, filter and browse rich study descriptions of archived data in Finnish and in English. This includes not only descriptive metadata but variable level metadata and frequencies as well. Data download is also always free of charge. Students and staff from the Finnish higher education and research institutions can register themselves using HAKA identity federation. Other users apply for a username from FSD User Services.

Datasets may be deposited to Aila according to FSD's collection policy. Both quantitative (numerical) or qualitative (i.e. text, speech, or visual images) data collected for research purposes are accepted. A prerequisite for archiving is that the data can be reused at least for research purposes. Aila features a secure transfer service for data file(s) and data description as well as other material, such as the questionnaire, coding instructions and interview questions.

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The EOSC portal is been jointly developed and maintained by the EOSC-hub, eInfraCentral and OpenAIRE-Advance projects funded by the Euopean

Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with contribution of the European Commission

2018 EOSC Portal