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Research Data Centre Elections at GESIS (RDC Elections)
Hosting Legal Entity
Leibniz Association
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, PO: 50667 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Current Status:
Operational since 2010
Scientific Description
The Research Data Center “Elections“ provides researchers with data, services, and consultation on a number of important German election studies which are under intensive curation by GESIS. The survey programs accessible through the RDC comprise: surveys conducted in conjunction with the federal elections since 1949 including the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), studies on German federal state elections dating back as far as 1962, the ZDF-Politbarometer surveys which have been carried out since 1977, the ARD-DeutschlandTrend available since 2008 and the Forsa-Bus which is available from 1991 onwards. Furthermore, we provide several smaller studies on political attitudes and political participation. All data products are offered in easy-to-use versions made available to anyone with a scientific interest. In addition, the RDC offers value-added products such as data handbooks and cumulated datasets. It moreover organizes workshops on topics related to electoral data.

RI Keywords
Germany, Political science, Survey data, Election studies, Political attitudes and participation, Sociology
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Scientific Domain
Social Sciences
Data access

through online documentation and download portals.

User consultation
Data processing and integration into files ready for secondary analysis

Standard services provided over online systems are provided free of cost to academic users. For special and manual services, individual handling charges may apply.

Hardware and software required for social science data processing and online provision of data and documentation

The RDC avails of the necessary equipment to perform state of the art processing and statistical analysis of quantitative social science data, including licenses for statistical analysis systems like SPSS and Stata. For data storage and provision to outside, the center uses general GESIS facilities, such as an online metadata catalogue (inhouse development) and an online analysis system (NESSTAR (c)).

Date of last update: 10/12/2014
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