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NEPS Data Center accredited by German Data Forum (RatSWD)

On November 8, 2012, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) took the decision to induct the Data Center of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) into the group of accredited research data centers.

The NEPS Data Center complies with all the requirements on research data infrastructure imposed by the RatSWD. These include providing service to users, hosting data workshops, preparing effectively anonymous scientific use data, and compiling data documentation, as well as the nonpreferential provision of research data. In October, Operational Manager of the NEPS Data Center, Dr. Jan Skopek, presented the core tasks and service areas of the future NEPS research data center (Forschungsdatenzentrum, FDZ) to the Standing Commission for Research Data Infrastructure of the RatSWD. These include editing, provision, and documentation of usable scientific data collected through NEPS, as well as comprehensive support of the scientific community in the use of NEPS data. With Dr. Skopek as Operational Manager of the newly accredited NEPS Data Center, the National Educational Panel Study will from now on be represented as part of the Standing Commission Research Data Infrastructure (FDI) of the RatSWD.