The SSH Training Discovery Toolkit provides an inventory of training materials relevant for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Use the search bar to discover materials or browse through the collections. The filters will help you identify your area of interest.


Research data management/FAIR data

Title Body
Synergy Train the Trainer Programme

Massive open online courses platform. This service is based on the worldwide most popular Moodle platform. Platform provides interactive courses capabilities with user forums to support community interactions among students and tutors as well as immediate feedback to quick quizzes and assignments.

First Steps Towards Digital Preservation

This training workshop on digital preservation consists of annotated slides and exercises for a two-day introductory workshop on the topic of digital preservation for people responsible for (planning) the curation and preservation of digital assets.

Metadata Model Office

Webinar: Accompanying the growing importance of research data management, the provision and maintenance of metadata have obtained a key role in contextualizing, understanding, and preserving research data. Acknowledging the importance of metadata in the social sciences, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) ERIC started the Metadata Office project in 2019. This webinar introduces the CESSDA Metadata Office (MDO) and its various activities. A special focus of the webinar will be on the CESSDA Metadata Model (CMM).

Teaching an introductory workshop in digital preservation.

Adopting a “train the trainers” approach, this course will give an overview of an introductory two-day workshop: “First steps towards digital preservation”, offered by CESSDA Training.This training course targets digital curation professionals interested in conducting training on digital preservation in their own organisations.

Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook.

This handbook on Effective Research Data Management (RDM) is an invaluable collection of 24 case studies, drawn from institutions across the globe, that demonstrate clearly and practically how to engage the research community with RDM. These case studies together illustrate the variety of innovative strategies research institutions have developed to engage with their researchers about managing research data. By interviewing key staff about their experiences and the organisational context, the authors of this book have created an essential resource for organisations looking to increase engagement with their research communities.This handbook is a collaboration by research institutions, for research institutions.

Research Data Management: more than just storage

Overview of possible costs per activity within each phase of the research process. The format has to be useful not only for researchers, data specialists, but also for funding applicants and funding bodies. An early start for certain activities within the data life cycle (like for instance metadata specification) will lower the costs for data management in the run of the life cycle. A good data management plan before gathering the research data also helps to prevent extra efforts and costs later on in the research cycle.

Guidelines for the archiving of academic research for faculties of Behavioural and Social Sciences in the Netherlands

These guidelines for the archiving of academic research set out the preconditions for the archiving of data, materials and information that form the basis for publications – in other words, descriptions of data, materials and information that are needed in order to replicate research results, as well as their storage. These guidelines relate to the data, materials and information with respect to publications that appear in their definitive form as of 1 June 2018. The guidelines are based on the principle of retroactive accountability, i.e. reporting after a publication has appeared. The principle behind these guidelines is that each researcher is responsible for archiving data, materials and information, and the publications based on them, in a responsible and transparent way. In situations where this document does not provide clear-cut rules, researchers are expected to act in the spirit of these guidelines rather than observing them to the letter

Online Data Horror Escape Room

It is an online escape room game that engages researchers with the principles of research data management (RDM). The game is a collaboration between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Lena Karvovskaya and Elisa Rodenburg), Leiden University Libraries (Joanne Yeomans), and Eindhoven University of Technology (Anne Aarts and Bart Aben).The room we created consists of six tasks related to the following data management topics: FAIR data, personal data, data archiving, data transfer, persistent identifiers, and metadata.

Title Body
CESSDA Resource Directory

The Directory gathers resources which are already available across various institutional websites. Information on relevant documents, training activities, tools, and support services resulting from past and current CESSDA projects and SP activities have been collected, selected, and reviewed specifically for this purpose. The Resource Directory is therefore a curated inventory of these resources. In order to guide the users within the Directory, specific labels, descriptions, and metadata were applied to index and define the resources. The labels and metadata can be used for a more user-friendly search, allowing easy and rapid access to the resources of interest.

SURF e-learning courses

SURF offers e-learning courses about privacy for various target groups.