Data Usage

Every two months an updated version of the GESIS Panel master dataset is released that includes new data from the last wave as well as revisions from previous waves. Data will be accessible about three months after the end of the field period.

We provide two versions of this master dataset via our GESIS DBK Archive: a scientific use file accessible for research purposes (GESIS Panel – Standard Edition: ZA5665) and a secure scientific use file that is only available for on-site use at the Secure Data Center in Cologne (GESIS Panel – Extended Edition: ZA5664). Due to privacy protection rules some variables are not included in the scientific use file but are only included in the secure scientific use file. The differences between the versions are marked in the Codebook.

To access the scientific use file (Standard Edition), Researchers need to complete and sign a data use agreementTo allow students to use the data within the limits of a thesis, the supervisor has to request the data. Upon approval of the data use request, the data archive will provide researchers with access to the current scientific use file via secure ftp download. Please follow the bilingual GESIS Panel Data Access instruction.

The secure scientific use file (Extended Edition) of the GESIS Panel is accessible for scientific purposes only via the GESIS Data Archive in Cologne. Please find more information and contact details on our web pages:

Along with the dataset all documents are stored centrally in the data catalogue. The documentation comprises the questionnaires, the study descriptions, the wave reports, a codebook that documents all variables in the dataset and other additional documents.


Download: Questionnaires (PDF, all waves)

Study Descriptions

Download: Study Descriptions (PDF, all studies)


Download: Codebook (PDF)