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.
NSD is part of a broad international network of international 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:
Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)
International Federation of Data Organisations for the Social Sciences (IFDO)
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
Data Documentation Initiative (DDI Alliance)