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Data Dissemination, Documentation, and User Support

Aufsätze in Sammelwerken 2016

Jan Skopek, Knut Wenzig, Daniel Bela, Tobias Koberg, Manuel Munz, Daniel Fuß

In: Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Jutta von Maurice, Michael Bayer, Jan Skopek , Methodological Issues of Longitudinal Surveys
Wiesbaden: Springer
S. 597-609


A major goal of the NEPS is to provide scientific use data to the international research community. For this purpose, the NEPS has set up a Research Data Center (RDC) that offers a comprehensive portfolio of services, allowing researchers to gain access to and work with NEPS data effectively. The RDC’s support concept combines well-known approaches with innovative means of data documentation, data dissemination, and user support. Important building blocks of our dissemination strategy include the provision of (a) user-friendly and edited scientific use data, (b) flexible data access to the scientific community, (c) sufficient, easy-to-obtain, and clearly arranged documentation of NEPS surveys and data, and (d) extensive user support fostering good scientific practices and high-quality educational research. To achieve the highest standards in publishing panel data, the RDC has established a powerful infrastructure for data management, data dissemination, data documentation, and user support. In this chapter, we discuss the core elements of our concept.

Knut Wenzig

Research Associate in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department