About us

About us

da|ra is the registration agency for social science and economic data jointly run by GESIS and ZBW.

In keeping with the ideals of good scientific practice there is a demand for open access to existing primary data so as to not only have the final research results but also be able to reconstruct the entire research process. GESIS and ZBW therefore offer a registration service for social and economic research data.

This infrastructure lays the foundation for long-term, persistent identification, storage, localization and reliable citation of research data. 

The service began in 2010 as a GESIS pilot project for developing and testing the technical and organizational concept of DOI-registration. This service has been available online as of July 23rd, 2010 and by the end of that year the entire GESIS data archive had been registered. Since 2011 (extension phase) the registration service has been available for other research data centers and data producers. In cooperation with the German National Library of Economics, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) the service was extended to economic data in this phase. During the establishing phase (2013-2014) the focus was on developing value-added services (user statistics, registration of other resource types) within da|ra.

Since September 2014 da|ra is developing its services. The project da|raSearchNet aims at establishing an integrated search network for social and economic research data that enables users to search up-to-date references of data holdings on an international basis and in a comfortable way. The holistic project aims at developing an integrated service for data providers as well as secondary data users by focusing on the development of co-operations, the automation of processes, international connectability, reusability, and sustainability of all its components. The beta version of the service is available at http://datasearch.gesis.org . The underlying search index of this service is integrated in the new GESIS search facility as well: https://search.gesis.org/gws/

Since June 2011  da|ra has been supported by a DFG grant. 

GESIS and ZBW are two of the five German representatives in the international DataCite consortium, an organization working towards uniform worldwide standards for research data.

As members of DataCite, GESIS and ZBW, have partnered with many other of the world’s leading research libraries and centers for technical information to pursue the goal of establishing global, unified standards towards the acceptance of research data as independent, citable scientific entities.


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