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Overview of ongoing and completed projects at LIfBi


All publications incl. the LIfBi series "NEPS Survey Paper", "LIfBi Working Paper" and Transfer Reports

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About us

History and Purpose of LIfBi - from the Origin of the National Educational Panel to the Present Day


Overview of all employees of the institute with filter and search function

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News on research, events and developments at LIfBi incl. news archive


Conferences, events and trainings of LIfBi as well as all dates of the institute's own lecture series LIfBi Lectures


Information services, press portal and distribution list, and downloads for media professionals


All LIfBi annual reports, subscription to the newsletter as well as all transfer reports and publication series.

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Research Data Center

Information about the FDZ-LIfBi incl. contact form and registration for the newsletter "LIfBi data"

Data and Documentation

To the data of NEPS, ReGES and further studies incl. documentation and variable search

Data Access

Request for access to scientific use files incl. overview of all data use projects


Information on FDZ events, tutorials and help for handling the data incl. online forum

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LIfBi as an Employer

Flexible working and part-time models, equal opportunities and good work-life balance

Further Education, Doctorate, Networks

Offers for all qualification levels and best networking opportunities

Workplace Bamberg

Living and working in the heart of the world heritage city - central location of empirical educational research

Job Offers

All open positions in the areas of research, infrastructure and administration at a glance

Research Data Center

The Research Data Center LIfBi (Forschungsdatenzentrum, FDZ-LIfBi) is primarily responsible for the user-friendly preparation of survey and test data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) and its cost-free dissemination to researchers in the form of Scientific Use Files. Also data from other projects such as ReGES are hosted by the FDZ-LIfBi. The necessary processes of data editing range from checking incoming data packages, integrating them into standardized data formats, coding open entries, generating additional variables and data sets, anonymizing sensitive content, and linking of the data with appropriate metadata.  The FDZ-LIfBi also provides comprehensive documentation of the data material in German and English and ensures secure and flexible data access via several options (download, remote, on-site). 

The Research Data Center also offers comprehensive services related to LIfBi's data portfolio. These include the contract and authorization management, the regular data trainings and workshops, the annual NEPS conference, the semi-annual newsletter "LIfBi data", the collection of video tutorials, the online discussion forum "Forum4MICA" and several tools. The FDZ-LIfBi is the first point of contact for questions and problems regarding data usage. For example, it supports the linking of regional data with the available Scientific Use Files and advises on data protection regulations.

The FDZ-LIfBi became accredited as a Research Data Center by the German Data Forum (RatSWD) in 2012 and has since been actively involved in the Committee for Data Access. As part of the quality assurance, it demonstrates compliance with the criteria of FAIR data provision and data access in an annual monitoring. The FDZ-LIfBi also cooperates with the RatSWD's complaints office, to which data users can turn in case of problems that cannot be solved directly.

Further partnerships of the FDZ-LIfBi exist with the German Network of Educational Research Data, the Research Data Center of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) with respect to the joint data product NEPS-ADIAB, the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) with respect to the co-administered TAEPS study, and the Consortium for the Social, Behavioral, Educational and Economic Sciences in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) with respect to several projects.



Collaboration on the