Research Data On Gender Relations In Academia

Data Archiving

In addition to the creation, processing and analysis of scientific research data, securing and making data available are important prerequisites for competitive and innovative research. Standardized data management along the data lifecycle is essential to ensure high data quality and data protection requirements.

GESIS archives data from quantitative social research and makes it available to the scientific public. In order to ensure transparency and quality assurance, compliance with international standards with regard to careful documentation, secure archiving and transparent dissemination is a priority.

Do you want to publish your collected quantitative primary data?

GESIS supports you in the preparation and free of charge provision of your quantitative research data in the GESIS data archive. The archiving process consists of 4 steps:

  1. Preparing data for submission: clarifying the formal and legal aspects (e.g. archive agreement), compiling of data and documentation, and ways to submit data
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  2. Ingest: inspection, versioning, assigning a study number and DOI by the GESIS data archive
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  3. Processing and documentation: describing the content and methods, metadata
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  4. Data backup and data access: Long-term storage and access guarantee
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General information:

General information on archiving in the GESIS data archive can be found here:

With the help of SowiDataNet|datorium you can independently initiate the archiving of your research data:!Home

Do you want to deepen your knowledge of data management?

An online tutorial on data management is provided by the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA):

What is datorium?

The GESIS Self Archiving Tool "datorium" enables researchers to document and publish their work independently via an online platform.!FurtherInformation 

What is da|ra?

da|ra refers to the registration agency for social and economic data operated jointly by GESIS and ZBW. It serves the international registration of research data by means of the persistent identifier "DOI".

What is a DOI?

DOI stands for "Digital Object Identifier" and enables a unique identification of digital objects such as scientific texts and data and thus enables a simple and standardized citation. Further information here:

What are metadata?

Metadata serve the standardized description of research data sets and contain information about methods used, measuring instruments, field work, data set structure etc.

What is DDI?

Data Documentation Initative (DDI) is an open standard (metadata model) for the description of social and economic data according to the research data life cycle. DDI metadata contains information on study design, data collection, data processing and evaluation, as well as secondary use and archiving. Source:

Principles for dealing with research data:

Citation of research data and documentation:
The use of secondary data, e.g. provided by the GESIS Data Archive, requires an appropriate bibliographic citation of the data including information on originator, location and identification. Recommendations and information on citing research data can be found here: