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Modes of Data Access

Modes of Data Access

Two purposes of use – two data products & the modes of data access

  • Campus Use Files (CUF) are absolutely anonymised data for teaching purposes, which are made available via download.
  • Scientific Use Files (SUF) are de facto anonymised data for research purposes, which are made available via different modes of data access (download, remote desktop, on-site). Analytic potential and statistical degree of anonymisation of the SUF vary according to mode of access.


Modes of Data Access


  • Data are made available via download
  • Data users can store the data on their local computer, link them with data from external sources and analyse the data with their own software

Remote Desktop:

  • Data are made available on a RDC-DZHW terminal server
  • The data can be analysed with the data analysis software provided on the terminal server via a secure link between the data users’ local computer and the RDC terminal server
  • No data transfer to local computers possible
  • Analysis results are released by the RDC and made available after a check for data protection compliance


  • Data are made available for analysis on the RDC-DZHW site in a monitored environment on a specially secured computer
  • Analysis results are made available following the same procedure as with remote desktop access

More strongly regulated data access through technical and organisational measures by the RDC allow for the provision of more detailed information.

For every SUF the possible modes of data access as well as the anonymisation measures carried out for each access mode can be found in the anonymisation chapter of the respective data and methods report. The data and methods reports are available for download on the page of the respective study in the search portal.
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