Data discovery

When utilizing and re-using data collected or produced by others the origin, content, location, license, restrictions of use, and other necessary information are needed. Search services include descriptive information (metadata) on research datasets. The better the description of the dataset is, the easier it is to find and use it.

Existing research datasets may be available for reuse. Datasets can be discovered and access requested through

  • Finnish research data finder Etsin 
  • European metadata and discovery service of EUDAT B2FIND.


Etsin ( enables you to find research datasets from all fields of science. The published dataset metadata are open to everyone. The data publisher defines how the underlying research data can be accessed and by whom. Etsin works independently of actual data storage location. Both browsing and downloading data with Etsin are free of charge. Etsin currently harvests information from the Language Bank of Finland, the Finnish Social Science Data archive and the Finnish Environmental Institute, and new sources will be included. Etsin is provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture and produced by CSC – IT Center for Science (CSC).


B2FIND ( is a discovery service based on metadata steadily harvested from research data collections from EUDAT data centres and other repositories. You can use B2FIND if you want to find collections of scientific data quickly and easily, irrespective of their origin, discipline or community. B2FIND is open to all researchers and scientists free of charge. B2FIND is a EUDAT service.