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German Netwerk for Educational Research Data


  • DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
  • GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB)

Target Group

Empirical educational researchers (data depositors, data users, researchers looking for information on research data management)


Empirical educational studies are characterized by their multidisciplinary nature, and their  research data output has been remarkable. Consequently, there is a growing need for services of archiving, documenting and sharing data. In order to support researchers in producing high-quality data and conducting excellent research the German Network for Educational Research Data (German NetworkERD), aims to build and establish a powerful data infrastructure. Existing data centers in Germany with services for educational studies are highly specialized on different kinds of data and scientific disciplines. An infrastructure is thus required that integrates existing data center services, strengthens harmonization, exploits synergies and delivers user-friendly services.

German NetworkERD supports a vision of Open Data, that respects the privacy and ethical rights of study participants and first user rights of data producers.

Theme Focus

Building a research data infrastructure for educational research in Germany


In the next project period (2016-2019), GNERD aims to expand its services in archiving and distributing research data and documenting research studies. Additionally, GNERD builds the conceptual foundations for the long-term development of an integrated research data infrastructure for educational studies, and addresses open infrastructural issues, e.g. appraisal and selection of research data, acquisition of research data, calculating data management costs or developing advanced archiving service levels. Within this process, it is essential to communicate with the scientific communities and maintain strong partnerships within the research data center community.


Sonja Bayer

Funding Organizations

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (BMBF)

Partners in the Network