An 18 mm thick three-pass slot weld specimen in austenitic stainless steel, manufactured for the purpose of benchmarking Finite Element weld residual stress simulation codes, is currently undergoing extensive non-destructive characterization within a research network. First results from the non-destructive full three dimensional spatially resolved macro-strain mapping in this specimen are presented here. Focussed high-energy synchrotron radiation together with the spiral slit technique was used to obtain depth-resolved information about the variation of lattice parameters. The results show a strong concentration of tensile strain, transverse to the weld at mid-depth of the weld. The maximum longitudinal strains were observed beneath the weld. Furthermore significant weld start- and stop-effects were observed.