About the FDZ-DZHW

Our Motivation

  • sustainable improvement of reserach data infrastructure in the field of higher education research and science studies
  • establishment of a diverse data portfolio of the research field with high-quality services in data ingest and data provision
  • enabling national and international use of the data through various quality-assured data accesses and documentation in English
  • networking, exchange and cooperation with other research data infrastructure institutions to improve access to research data

Institutions and Cooperations

The Research Data Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (FDZ-DZHW), based at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), was opened in June 2017. The establishment (2015 to 2017) was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In December 2017 the FDZ-DZHW was accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD) and operates according to the criteria of the RatSWDs (German). Since 2019, the FDZ-DZHW is a partner of the German Network for Educational Research Data (VerbundFDB).



  • providing data for secondary scientific use
  • search portal - elaborated metadata search
  • data documentation - method reports, data-set reports
  • trainings
  • consulting for data users and data providers

FDZ-DZHW and partners

KonsortSWD: Consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational and Economic Sciences

Project Leader: Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf (gesis)
Duration: 01 October 2020 - 30 September 2025
Funded by: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Motives, Opportunities, Limits and Requirements for the Archiving and Secondary Use of different Data Types in higher Education and Science Studies (MoGAADat)

Project Leader: Florence Baillet
Duration: 01 December 2019 - 28 February 2022
Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Measures to increase the Efficiency of the Research Data Centre of the DZHW in the Areas of Data Ingest, User Requests and Communication

Project Leader: Dr. Andreas Daniel
Duration: 01 June 2017 - 30 November 2019
Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Foundation of a Research data Centre for higher Education Research and Science Studies. Development and Data Preparation

Project Leader: Dr. Karsten Stephan
Duration: 1 March 2015 - 31 July 2017
Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)