The spinper project (The Social Profile of India’s National and Provincial Elected Representatives) is an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) that aims at building comprehensive datasets on the sociological profile of contestants to Indian Elections. With the support of a five-year grant from the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, France), The Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD) at Ashoka University, the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche Internationales (CERI) and the UNiversity of Bordeaux collaborate and build open access political data resources to foster empirical research work on contemporary politics. The data includes existing public data on contestants for state and general elections in India, as well as original data collected through fieldwork.