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GIGA Research Data

The GIGA Research Data Service is part of the service offer of GIGA's Information Center and is aimed at all researchers at the GIGA. The aim is to create services that support researchers in all phases of the research data life cycle. On the one hand, these are advisory services. In addition, it is about establishing cooperation with infrastructure partners and service providers to provide e-Infrastructures, tools and services to improve processes and workflows in data-driven research projects. In addition, courses on research data management for doctoral students are offered and organised, which are open to all researchers at the GIGA. The offerings will be successively expanded.


GIGA Research Data Policy

For the handling of research data, the GIGA has drafted a Research Data Policy, effective since December 2017 for all GIGA team members.

GIGA Research Data

The GIGA Metadata Database provides an overview of a large number of quantitative and qualitative research data generated at GIGA as well as the available access options.

Events/Workshops on Research Data Management

IZ Workshops ‒ Here you will find an overview of upcoming and previous workshops. If you would like to attend a workshop or request a workshop, please also contact Siri Völker.

What is research data?

Research data, unlike other types of information, is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results." Edinburgh University Data Library Research Data Management Handbook, August 2011

Research data include quantitative data such as survey data and measurement data as well as qualitative data such as interview recordings and transcripts, field notes or audiovisual information. Geo-referenced data, questionnaires, software and the results of experiments and simulations can also be classified as research data. The GIGA researchers generate a large variety of research data. Depending on the research discipline, research data is processed through the use of various types of media, aggregation levels, and formats. The variety of GIGA research data reflects the diversity of research disciplines, knowledge interests and research methods that are represented at the GIGA.

GIGA Information Centre

The GIGA is home to the largest non-university information centre for area studies and comparative area studies in Germany. The publicly accessible regional specialist libraries collect literature on economic, political and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and maintain a supra-regional collection.