To Overview

Overview of ongoing and completed projects at LIfBi


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

To Overview
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

To Overview

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.

To Overview
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

To Overview
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


LIfBi Lecture: Research data should be FAIR

Up to now, many valuable data sets from science and research have mostly been available on a decentralized, project-related or time-limited basis. The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) aims to systematically make these data accessible, process them, network them and make them available for interdisciplinary secondary use. In his LIfBi Lecture on Jan. 18, 2022, the director of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) e.V. association, Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter, presented the work of NFDI.

NFDI is currently creating a permanent digital repository of knowledge in Germany. In his LIfBi Lecture, York Sure-Vetter began by explaining what he considered to be the important observation that today more and more research results are being achieved through the use of existing research data. However, he said, considerable effort is still required to find the right data set in each case, to understand it, and to use it for the purpose in question. Accordingly, the goal of NFDI is to increase the efficiency of the entire German science system - across all disciplines - by establishing and further developing an overarching research data management system. Under the motto "Standing on the shoulders of giants", important research data should be made permanently available to the entire scientific community through NFDI according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). This is particularly important because existing research data can be better used that way for new research questions, findings and innovations.

History and organization of the NFDI         

As part of his LIfBi Lecture, York Sure-Vetter also looked back at the history of NFDI's development to date: The Council for Information Infrastructures (RfII) provided the impetus for its founding with its recommendation in 2016, followed by an initial phase at the Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, during which consortia - i.e., associations of different institutions within a research field - were formed. In 2020, the non-profit association Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI) e.V., based in Karlsruhe, was founded to coordinate the activities for establishing a National Research Data Infrastructure. Within the association, there are now so-called sections, which serve the cross-disciplinary collaboration of the consortia in terms of content.

On a national level, the NFDI association is embedded in a network of actors from science and politics. It is also part of international developments and projects, for example the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) or the FAIR-Data Spaces project.

Prerequisites, challenges and opportunities

In the discussion that followed the LIfBi Lecture, the participants exchanged views on the potentials that overarching research data management opens up, its necessary prerequisites, and the challenges and opportunities that arise from bringing together numerous data sets from different disciplines.

Link [external] to the association National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) e.V.

More News