NSD is part of a broad international network of nternational organisations and through its commitments to a wide range of projects aiming at building a resource base for comparative quantitative research.


NSD is a member of the following international organisations:


NSD takes part in several international projects which all aim to ease the construction of research infrastructures for access and use of research data across national and lingual barriers. 

Data without Boundaries (DwB) 

DwB project aims to an integrated model for accessing official data, a model where the best solutions for access are available irrespective of national boundaries and flexible enough to fit national arrangements. There are 27 partners from 12 European countries participating the efforts, both statistical offices and data archives.NSD is one of the partners.

DwB project is funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme.

The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

Every year ISSP conducts a major comparative survey in all member states. Since Norway joined the programme in 1989 NSD has been responsible for the Norwegian part of the surveys. The Norwegian files from ISSP consist of three sections:

  • The ISSP-section that is conducted in all member states
  • The Norwegian section that is conducted in Norway only
  • The standard set of demographic and socio-economic background variables

ISSP provides data on living conditions, family issues, environment, work, national identity etc.

The European Social Survey (ESS)

ESS is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain interaction between Europe's changing institutions and attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. Now in its third round, the survey covers over 20 nations and employs the most rigorous methodologies. The data from ESS contain information about politics, cultural and religious issues, economy, social conditions etc. NSD is the offical archive for ESS responsible for control, adjustment, archiving and distribution of data and documentation.


The main objective of EUROSPHERE is to create innovative perspectives on the European public spheres and to identify the conditions that enable or undermine the articulation of inclusive European Public Spheres. It is funded by the EC. NSD's part of the project is to develope and maintain ”The EUROSPHERE Knowledge Base”.

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)

HBSC is a set of cross-national surveys with data about healthrelated behaviour, lifestyle and attitudes among young people. 

Current Research Information System (EuroCris)

EuroCris is a forum for users of ICT in research information systems.


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