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Remote Access Technology: RemoteNEPS

The NEPS will also offer data via remote access technology. The development of the data enclave RemoteNEPS represents pioneering work as the NEPS will be the first large-scale provider of a remote access solution in Germany. RemoteNEPS will offer a “virtual desktop” in a controlled environment that allows accessing more sensitive microdata remotely. The online resources of the enclave are easily accessible. No software has to be installed and users can work on any operating system. The only requirement is access to the Internet: An encrypted connection with RemoteNEPS provides the gateway to the data. After registration, authorized researchers access the enclave using an innovative and highly secure biometric authentication system (keystroke biometrics, certified by TÜV). Data are only available for online analysis and will not be transmitted to the user’s system. After data analysis is complete, researchers can request the delivery of output. The NEPS staff reviews all output requests for confidentiality and uses strict controls to ensure the integrity of the output as well as its correct and timely delivery to the researcher.

RemoteNEPS will offer a number of significant advantages to data users:

  • Researcher’s private workspaces are equipped with a best practice infrastructure designed to optimize the workflow of data analysis, including template folders that are arranged efficiently and a version control system that accurately tracks the history of analytic scripts. As a result, the enclave provides an excellent environment for high-quality data use and greatly improves the generalizability and replicability of social research.
  • All users have immediate access to the latest data releases including all updates, editions, and extensions.
  • Online access to various statistical data processing packages such as Stata, SPSS, or R. Researchers may utilize all programs in the enclave without having to install them on their own computers.
  • As most of the quantitative research in the social sciences is a collaborative activity, team workspaces within the enclave allow the collaborative annotation of analyses, the sharing of results, and even the development of publications such as journal articles.
  • Community tools encourage researchers to share their knowledge and experience. In turn, this will help the NEPS as a data producer to improve user support, maintain the data, and update tools.

As most researchers are not yet familiar with remote access, the use of RemoteNEPS will be introduced by comprehensive tutorials. In addition, a live help system enables NEPS staff to support users interactively within the enclave environment.

Login to RemoteNEPS

Ansicht auf RemoteNEPS in einem Windows-System.
RemoteNEPS on your desktop

After having registered for biometric access, you can start RemoteNEPS immediately and begin to work. Applicants for use of the NEPS data via RemoteNEPS must attend the NEPS user training and also register with a biometric authentication system, identifying the user clearly.

Once you have authenticated successfully, you will see RemoteNEPS on your desktop (see picture above).

Import of Data

If you need an additional file within RemoteNEPS, you can import it. Upload a file to the portal and add a comment to the import, if needed. The import is being monitored by the Data Center and will then be made available for you within RemoteNEPS.

Export of Results

Within RemoteNEPS there is a specific folder to be used for export. If you request an export, the content of this folder will be checked and will then be available for you to download from this page. All export is recorded by the NEPS Data Center.

Do you have any questions about RemoteNEPS?

Have a look at our RemoteNEPS FAQ. Perhaps we have already found an answer to your question there.