Every two months, an updated version of the GESIS Panel master dataset is released; it includes new data from the last wave as well as revisions from previous waves. Data are accessible about three months after the end of the field period.
We provide two versions of this master dataset via the GESIS Data Archive:
The first version ("Standard Edition") is a scientific use file accessible for research purposes; the second version ("Extended Edition") is a secure scientific use file that is available only for on-site use at the GESIS Secure Data Center in Cologne. More information and the contact details can be found on our web pages.
Along with the dataset all documents are stored centrally in the GESIS Data Archive. Due to data protection regulations, some variables are not included in the scientific use file but rather only 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 must complete and sign a Data Use Agreement. To do so, please follow the instructions here:
GESIS Panel Data Access (bilingual)
To allow students to use the data in the framework of a thesis, their supervisors must request the data. On approval of the data-use request, the GESIS Data Archive will provide researchers with access to the current scientific use file via secure ftp download.