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President of GESIS as guest at NEPS

The NEPS was pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter as a guest on June 21, 2012. The holder of a chair for applied computer science in Koblenz has been president of GESIS, a central Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences in Germany, since 2009. With its research-based service and product offering, GESIS covers the research process of empirical social research in its entire breadth.

In a lecture, Mr. Sure-Vetter first introduced his institute, whose spectrum of expertise covers the areas of survey methodology, long-term social observation, data archiving, social science information and social science knowledge technologies. He then described the latest methods and technologies for citing research datasets - a topic that is highly relevant, especially for panel studies and data publishers such as the National Education Panel. In this context, citability as a prerequisite and actual citation of datasets by researchers not only promotes good scientific practice, but also acknowledges the work of data publishers in an academically convertible form. Furthermore, Mr. Sure-Vetter gave an overview of future potentials for social science research arising from the digitization of social life, especially through social networking. At the end of his visit, he discussed specific topics such as long-term archiving, registration and management of panel data with data experts in NEPS.

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