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Spotlight on the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Tue 5 Sep 2023

Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS) is the largest German infrastructure institute for the social sciences and Germany is already a member of CESSDA. Hear from Researcher Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen.

The CESSDA Country Spotlight series showcases national service providers. We interviewed representatives of the national service providers, dear members of the CESSDA community. We asked them about the value CESSDA provides their data archive and vice versa. 

The Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences 

Founded 1986 as "Gesellschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Infrastruktureinrichtungen" GESIS initially consisted of three legally independent institutes which in 2007 were merged into one infrastructure which since November 2008 has the name "Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences" (GESIS).
GESIS is always ready to advise researchers at all levels to answer socially relevant questions on the basis of the newest scientific methods, high quality data and research information. GESIS does this with essential research-based services and consulting, covering all levels of the scientific processes.

The focus of GESIS services is on collecting research data and making them available, and on related activities and information that enable the social sciences to conduct research on socially relevant issues. Its services for the research process benefit from its diverse network in Germany and throughout the world. They are committed to the principle of open science.

Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen about CESSDA

“I like the CESSDA Cooperation across Europe very much, because we have the opportunity to publish the metadata about the studies in our archive in the CESSDA Data Catalogue. Also if researchers have questions about specific topics then they can also ask the CESSDA Data Catalogue. They are not only reliant on the data we have at the GESIS Data Archive.” Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen, Researcher at GESIS.

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