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Availability of Sensitive Information

The amount of sensitive information decreases from the Download version of a Scientific Use File to the RemoteNEPS version to the On-site version. For instance, the file with information about the respective school, kindergarten or university (pInstitution) is only available in the controlled  environment of RemoteNEPS and On-site. The same applies to the Federal States variables in the school and higher education cohorts. Please be aware that the use of these variables is restricted according to a certain agreement (PDF-en)

To make data handling easier all three data versions - Download, RemoteNEPS, On-site - contain the full set of variables. Anonymized variables are provided with a special missing code in the respective data version and are labeled with a suffix in the variable name. For each Scientific Use File there is an anonymization report within the documentation section that describes the conducted data modification processes and lists all affected variables.

  Download RemoteNEPS On-site
Metric information
(e.g. number of employees)
Top / Bottom coded where necessary Full data Full data
Country-level information
(e.g. citizenship, language of origin)
Aggregated Full data Full data
Geographical information

East / West Germany East / West Germany East / West Germany
--- Federal States* Federal States*
--- Administrative regions** Administrative regions**
--- Districts and urban districts** Districts and urban districts**
Institutional context information Aggregated Full data Full data
Open text entries --- --- Anonymized
Macro indicators
(infas geodaten, microm)
--- --- Full data

* As of 2015, in coordination with the Standing Conference of Education Ministers, the Federal State label will also be provided for the school and higher education starting cohorts (SC2 to SC5) for specific analysis purposes, but only via "RemoteNEPS" and "On-site". The procedure description contains detailed information on the use of the Federal States label within the scope of NEPS data (PDF-de, PDF-en).
** For NEPS survey data within the context of schools and universities these details are not available.