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The Research Data Center: Making National Educational Panel Study Data Available for Research

  • Daniel FußEmail author
  • Knut Wenzig
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Part of the Edition ZfE book series (EZFE, volume 3)

Abstract

The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) aims to promote longitudinal analyses in educational research by providing a data infrastructure with the National Education Panel Study (NEPS) at its core. The survey, test, and context information collected so far across the six NEPS starting cohorts already offers a unique empirical basis to the scientific community in Germany and abroad. In order to exploit the enormous research potential of NEPS, extensive data preparation and documentation, flexible modes of data access, and proper assistance in handling the complex data are required. A crucial aspect here is user friendliness, with data security and data protection playing equally important roles. The LIfBi Research Data Center has developed several work processes and tools to meet the respective requirements and to enable both broad and secure usage of NEPS data.

Keywords

Data edition Data access Documentation User service Data usage 

Zusammenfassung

Das Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe (LIfBi) verfolgt die Förderung der bildungswissenschaftlichen Längsschnittforschung durch Bereitstellung einer Infrastruktur, in deren Zentrum das Nationale Bildungspanel (NEPS) steht. Die bislang im Panelverlauf der sechs NEPS-Startkohorten erhobenen Befragungs-, Test- und Kontextdaten bieten der wissenschaftlichen Gemeinschaft im In- und Ausland bereits heute eine einzigartige empirische Grundlage für die Bearbeitung zahlreicher Fragestellungen. Zur Ausschöpfung des Analysepotenzials bedarf es zunächst einer umfänglichen Aufbereitung und Dokumentation der Daten, der Gewährleistung flexibler Zugriffsmöglichkeiten auf die Daten und der Unterstützung von Forschenden im Umgang mit den Daten. Maßgeblich hierfür ist das Kriterium der Nutzerfreundlichkeit, wobei der Datensicherheit und dem Datenschutz eine nicht weniger bedeutsame Rolle zukommt. Um den jeweiligen Anforderungen gerecht zu werden und eine sowohl breite als auch sichere Nutzung der NEPS-Daten zu ermöglichen, hat das Forschungsdatenzentrum des LIfBi verschiedene Arbeitsprozesse und Werkzeuge entwickelt.

Schlüsselwörter

Datenedition Datenzugriff Dokumentation Nutzerservice Datennutzung 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leibniz Institute for Educational TrajectoriesBambergGermany
  2. 2.DIW BerlinBerlinGermany

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