The International Data Service Center of IZA Nikos Askitas May 2009 IZA Program Directors' Meeting Bonn, Germany. Finnish Snippets. Määränpäähän = to the destination Lentokorkeus = Altitude Maanopeus = speed Huom = Caution Lapsille = Children
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….and the question:
The story begins (I am told) back in the 90s:
micro data (Hauser/Müller), the concept of „factual anonymization“
An intensive debate is thus seeded on the improvement of the
data infrastructure in Germany. The “Commission to improve
the informational infrastructure by co-operation of the scientific
community and official statistics” (KVI) is put together by the Federal
Ministry of Education and Research.
The KVI made several recommendations on how to improve the informational
data infrastructure in Germany. Several research data centers and service data
centers have been organized based upon these recommendations, of which the
only one representing labor economics was IdZA (IDSC's predecessor):
Research data centers
Data service centers
After a successful evaluation of the first 3 year long pilot phase, which started in 2003,
a second phase of financing was awarded to IZA (2008-2010). IDSC in its new
form represents IZA's reinforced commitment to the field.
The IDSC calls upon the Institute’s resources and the collective expertise of
its interdisciplinary Data Committee as well as the guidance of an
international Scientific Advisory Board.Scientific Advisory Board
IZA Data Committee
The board is new and will have its first meeting on May 29. The meetings will be most likely annual. The role of the board is advisory in nature and aims at keeping the Center close to the needs of the scientific community by adding the „external perspective“.
The IDSC leverages the expertise of this interdisciplinary committee in order to develop a comprehensive approach to working with data which covers technical, technological, legal, ethical and educational aspects.
We run and jointly organize a variety of high-profile events in Bonn and other locations in Germany and abroad, with topics ranging from new developments in metadata standards to aspects of open access to Primary Research Data.
New business areas: data visualization, web based teaching tools, News in Labor economics, web based collaboration tools,
internet measurements, geo coding, documentation of qualitative datasets etc
The Red Cube Seminar is organized by the IDSC of IZA. Its aim is to provide a forum for high-quality technology presentations related to the institute's research context. With international lecturers and an audience from Germany and neighboring European countries, it aims at becoming a focal point for data technologists and data analysts. Presentations of broad interest take place biweekly and are open to the public, while the internal working seminars are targeted at members of the IZA technology group and may have a more narrow and application-oriented focus.
"Germany as the third export economy in the world should have an appropriate portion of publications in international Economics journals based on data about Germany. This is NOT the case and the extend to which this is due to the lack of proper, translated, accessible documentation we got work to do."
Google: “IAB Employment Sample”
Google: “Sample Survey of Income and Expenditures Germany”
Now provided you have the metadata and the research idea you’d
like to be able to compute against the corresponding data. This data
is often sensitive and closed (often for good reason).
How to unlock the data for research without violating the non
disclosure and other regulations of the data provider or data producer?
The enclave conforms to the strictest of data security standards while it strives to achieve
the highest possible degree of scientific freedom. To achieve this a properly stratified way to
interface with the scientists is used:
Several Research Projects based on highly sensitive datasets are currently hosted within the
IDSC Data Enclave some of which are below (sample publications):
Head of the IDSC @ IZA
IZA, P.O. Box 7240,
53072 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 228 - 38 94 -525
Fax: +49 (0) 228 - 38 94 180