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Research Data Centre at BIBB (BIBB-FDZ)

In 2008, BIBB complied with the German Commission on the Improvement of the Informational Infrastructure by founding a Research data center to provide researchers with standardized access to BIBB-data. The BIBB-FDZ forms part of the data infrastructure of the German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD) and operates in alignment with the Council's criteria. The BIBB-FDZ offers several services for researchers:

  • Standard access to well prepared firm- and individual-level data on the attainment and utilization of vocational education and training
  • Documentation of these data sets, i.e. a description of their central characteristics, main issues and variables, data collection, anonymisation, weighting and recoding etc.
  • Advisory service on data choice, data access and handling, research potential and scope and validity of the data.
  • Supply of a range of data tools such as standard measures and classifications in the fields of education, occupations, industries and regions (if possible also including cross-national fields), formally anonymous data for remote data access, or references to publications with the data.
  • Assistance and support for visiting researchers at BIBB-FDZ in Bonn.

Please find a short description of our services and data in the English flyer.

Our main activities are documenting and preparing German language BIBB data sets. However, Employment Surveys of BIBB (conducted in cooperation with other institutions) are frequently used by international researchers. The latest version of the Employment Survey (2012) as well as an supplemental survey on tasks and occupational mobility is fully documented in English. Another summarizing document describes all other versions of Employment Surveys (2006; 1998/99, 1991/92, 1985/86, 1979). For further information please select 'employment surveys' following the data link.

The data button gives also some additional English language information of other data sets of BIBB FDZ. The data access button provides application forms for BIBB data and our user guidelines. If you are interested in analyzing BIBB data, please do not hesitate to send your questions/ requests to

We appreciate citing our data in all kind of publications. For further information please follow the citation of data sets button.

Last modified on: February-14-14


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