The many faces of GESIS


Anja Perry (née Klaukien) works for the GESIS Data Services for the Social Sciences and is responsible for data acquisition and research data management trainings. For KonsortSWD she co-leads the measure "Developing and exchanging professional research data management skills". She also co-leads the IASSIST Interest Group "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Data Resources" and is the official representative and contact person for the ICPSR - Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at GESIS.

She joined GESIS in 2012 to work for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) research team. Until June 2016 she coordinated the preparation of the German PIAAC national report and was responsible for archiving and distributing the German PIAAC data and organizing PIAAC user workshops. Anja completed her PhD thesis “Decision Making in Innovation and Entrepreneurship” at the Max Planck Institute of Economics and DFG Graduate College „The Economics of Innovative Change” at the University of Jena in 2010. After her studies she worked for the German Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden.


Data acquisition, Research data management training, and GESIS representative for the ICPSR - Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research


Research Data Management, Data Protection, Data Sharing, Data Feminism



Journal article

Perry, Anja, and Sebastian Netscher. 2022. "Measuring the time spent on data curation." Journal of Documentation 78 (7): 282-304. doi:

Netscher, Sebastian, Oliver Watteler, and Anja Perry. 2020. "Wir Machen Daten FAIR: Die Konzeption von Datenservices im GESIS - Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften." Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement 2020 (1): 45-52. doi:

Perry, Anja, and Britta Gauly. 2019. "Analysing poor reading skills: A comparison between PIAAC literacy levels and reading components." Survey Methods : Insights from the Field 2019 1-9.

Heizmann, Boris, Alexander Jedinger, and Anja Perry. 2018. "Welfare chauvinism, economic insecurity and the asylum seeker "crisis"." Societies 8 (3): 83. doi:

Perry, Anja, and Beatrice Rammstedt. 2016. "The Research Data Center PIAAC at GESIS." Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik = Journal of economics and statistics 236 (5): 581–593. doi:

Perry, Anja, Simon Wiederhold, and Daniela Ackermann-Piek. 2014. "How can skill mismatch be measured? New approaches with PIAAC."

Chapter in an edited book

Perry, Anja, and Uwe Jensen. 2018. "Metadata and Metadata Standards." In Data Processing and Documentation: Generating High Quality Research Data in Quantitative Social Science Research, edited by Sebastian Netscher, and Christina Eder, GESIS Papers 2018,22, 38-44. urn:

Working and discussion paper

Perry, Anja, Katja Hanke, and Christof Wolf. 2017. Ergebnisse der Zielgruppenbefragung 2016. GESIS Paper 2017/11. urn: ssoar-52491-5.

Perry, Anja, Susanne Helmschrott, Débora B. Maehler, and Ingo Konradt. 2017. User guide for the German PIAAC Scientific Use File. GESIS Papers 2017|23.


Perry, Anja, and Jonas Recker. 2024. Data on the margins – Data from LGBTIQ+ Populations in European Social Science Data Archives. doi:

Rammstedt, Beatrice, Silke Martin, Anouk Zabal, Ingo Konradt, Débora B. Maehler, Anja Perry, Natascha Massing, Daniela Ackermann-Piek, and Susanne Helmschrott. 2016. Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany - Extended version – Regional data: Data file version 1.0.0 [ZA5846]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi:10.4232/1.12560 .

Rammstedt, Beatrice, Silke Martin, Anouk Zabal, Ingo Konradt, Débora B. Maehler, Anja Perry, Natascha Massing, Daniela Ackermann-Piek, and Susanne Helmschrott. 2016. Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany - Reduced version: Data file version 2.2.0 [ZA5845]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi:10.4232/1.12660.

Other article

McBurney, Jenny, Jennifer Boettcher, Kevin Manuel, Anja Perry, Van Bich Tran, and Ryan Womack. 2023. "Guide to Finding Data about Racism and Ethnic Bias."

Netscher, Sebastian, Anja Perry, Reiner Mauer, and Anna K. Schwickerath. 2022. "Domain-Data-Protokolle fuer die empirische Bildungsforschung (DDP-Bildung): Schlussbericht des Verbundprojekts." doi:

Wolf, Christof, Maja Adena, Christian Aßmann, Doris Bambey, Katarina Blask, Andreas Blätte, Michael Bosnjak, Daniel Buck, Mathias Bug, Anja Busch, Anna Fräßdorf, Daniel Fuß, Jan Goebel, Betina Hollstein, Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Dagmar Kern, Claus-Peter Klas, Susanne Kretzer, Stefan Liebig, Nicole Mayer-Ahuja, Bernhard Miller, Peter Mutschke, Anja Perry, Regina T. Riphahn, Marc Rittberger, Daniel Schiffner, Silke Schneider, Jürgen Schupp, Pascal Siegers, Ranjit K. Singh, Heike Solga, Klaus Tochtermann, Ralf Toepfer, and Susanne Zindler. 2020. "Consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational, and Economic Sciences (KonsortSWD)." doi:


Presentation at a conference

Axtmann, Alexandra, Tina Hinz, Jan Sebastian Klaes, Anja Perry, and Cord Wiljes. 2023. "Inclusion in Research Data Management – Current Situation and Implementation Potentials." 1st Conference on Research Data Infrastructure (CoRDI), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie , Karlsruhe, 2023-09-13. doi:

Recker, Jonas, and Anja Perry. 2023. "Queering Data Queries: Facilitating the discovery of MORGAI data." IASSIST Conference 2023, 2023-06-01. doi:

Perry, Anja. 2023. "When to use the k-rule? Managing the risk of de-anonymisation in survey data." IASSIST 2023, 2023-06-02. doi:

Netscher, Sebastian, Anna K. Schwickerath, Anja Perry, and Reiner Mauer. 2021. "Domain-specific data management plans and cross-disciplinary interoperability." 16th international digital curation conference, Online, 2021-04-19.

Perry, Anja, and Sebastian Netscher. 2021. "Measuring the Costs of Research Data Management." European Survey Research Conference (ESRA) 2021, Virtual, Munich, 2021-07-02. doi:

Perry, Anja. 2021. "Wir machen Daten FAIR – Angebote für die Sozialwissenschaften." RDA-Deutschland-Tagung, Research Data Alliance Deutschland (RDA-DE), Munich, 2021-02-26.

Perry, Anja, Oliver Watteler, Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen, Arofan Gregory, and Barry Radler. 2019. "How can research projects benefit from DDI?" EDDI19 - 11th Annual European DDI User Conference, Tampere University, Tampere. doi:

Perry, Anja, Arofan Gregory, Oliver Watteler, and Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen. 2019. "How can research projects benefit from standardized metadata like DDI?" IASSIST 2019 : Data Down Under, 2019-05-31. doi:

Akdeniz, Esra, and Anja Perry. 2019. "The role of subjective norm in the prediction of researchers’ intentions to share data: Explanations by the Theory of Planned Behavior." IASSIST 2019 : Data Down Under, 2019-05-30.

Perry, Anja, and Oliver Watteler. 2018. "Data sharing as rational choice in a Public Goods Game." IASSIST 2018, 2019-05-31.

Perry, Anja. 2017. "Zum Management sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschungsdaten und der Rolle von Archiven." DINI-Jahrestagung 2017: Forschungsdaten - von der Produktion bis zur Langzeitarchivierung, 2019-10-04.

Presentation not at a conference

Perry, Anja. 2023. "Data management plans and data management costs." International Workshop, Social Science Japan Data Archive, Tokyo, 2023-03-22. doi:

Perry, Anja. 2022. "Data protection in research - A European and German perspective." Webinar "Data protection and Privacy regulations compliance", IASSIST Africa Chapter, 2022-12-06. doi:

Perry, Anja. 2019. "Standardisierte Datenmanagementpläne - Domain-Data-Protokolle für die Bildungsforschung." DMP-Workshop, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2019-05-13.

Perry, Anja. 2018. "Flexible Services für Forschungsdaten - Das neue Dienstleistungsangebot des Datenarchivs für Sozialwissenschaften." Jour Fixe Forschungsdatenmanagement, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Munich, 2018-10-10.

Perry, Anja. 2017. "The GESIS Data Archive." ICPSR Official Representative Meeting, ICPSR, 2017-10-12.



Perry, Anja. 2024. "Research Data Management in the Social Sciences." Universität des Saarlands, Saarbrücken.

Netscher, Sebastian, and Anja Perry. 2023. "Research Data Management and Open Science." GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Köln.

Perry, Anja. 2023. "Sozialwissenschaftliche Daten teilen." Universität Mannheim, Mannheim.

Netscher, Sebastian, and Anja Perry. 2022. "Datendokumentation und Datenaufbereitung." Institut für Menschenrechte, Berlin.

Perry, Anja, and Kati Mozygemba. 2022. "Forschungsdatenmanagement - Workshop für die BMBF-Forschungsinitiative zur Erhaltung der Artenvielfalt (FEdA) und NFDI4Biodiversity." Online.

Perry, Anja, and Jan-Ocko Heuer. 2022. "Research Data Management - Legal and Practical Aspects." Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), Bochum.

Perry, Anja. 2022. "Von den Daten zur Datenveröffentlichung." Universität Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz.

Perry, Anja, and Oliver Watteler. 2021. "Datenschutz in der Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung." BICC Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies, Bonn.

Perry, Anja. 2021. "FDM.NRW-Zertifikatskurs - Modul: FDM in den Sozialwissenschaften." TH Köln, ZBIW, Köln.

Perry, Anja. 2020. "Datenschutzrechtliche Aspekte bei der Erhebung, Verarbeitung und Sicherung von (Forschungs-)Daten." DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn.

Netscher, Sebastian, Anja Perry, and Anna K. Schwickerath. 2019. "Forschungsdatenmanagement Reloaded: Open Data und die Zukunft des Forschungsdatenmanagements in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften." GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Köln.

Perry, Anja, and Jane Fry. 2019. "Introduction to DDI: Basic concepts and how to develop skills for training researchers." IASSIST 2019 Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Perry, Anja, and Kristi Winters. 2018. "Open Science and Open Data." GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Köln.

Netscher, Sebastian, and Anja Perry. 2017. "Forschungsdatenmanagement in der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung: Qualität und (Nach-)Nutzbarkeit von Daten sichern."

Schwarz, Hannah, Anja Perry, Sebastian Netscher, and Alexander Jedinger. 2017. "Preparing Data for Re-Use: A Practical Guide to Processing and Documenting Your Data for Sharing."