Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which topics does the German Internet Panel cover?

    The topics covered by the GIP are diverse. They include attitudes towards political reforms, the welfare state, German and EU politics, as well as health, social inequality, education, and employment. In addition, the panel data always include the respondents’ key socio-demographic information. The GIP questionnaire modules are developed by SFB researchers in cooperation with the GIP team. All GIP questionnaires can be found on our website.

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  • Has question XY ever been asked?

    To find out if your question has ever been asked, please check the questionnaires of previous waves.

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  • I’m a researcher. Can I submit questions to the GIP?

    Currently, the GIP only collects data for the research projects of the SFB 884. Therefore, we cannot accept questionnaire proposals from external researchers.

  • As an external researcher, can I have access to the GIP data?

    Yes, the GIP data are made available for scientific research as Scientific Use Files in the GIP data archive at the GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences six months after the completion of fieldwork and after data preparation and pseudonymization. As part of the Open Science movement, the GIP makes all survey data available to the scientific community. Researchers worldwide can apply for data access free of charge (except for a processing fee). Further information can be found here.

  • When will the Scientific Use File of the next GIP wave be available?

    The GIP implements survey waves in a bi-monthly cycle. The data are made available for scientific research as Scientific Use Files six months after the completion of fieldwork and after data preparation and pseudonymization. An overview of all currently available waves can be found in the GIP data archive at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

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  • I would like to conduct analyses with data that are not available in the GIP data archive. Can you help me?

    The GIP collects a wealth of detailed information as well as paradata that cannot be provided in Scientific Use Files for reasons of data protection. In order to enable scientists to work on these data, the GIP offers On-Site Data Access (ODA) in our Data Center in Mannheim. On request, we can provide sensitive data such as small-area information, the year of birth, verbatim data, ECSP collected paradata, as well as detailed response categories that were aggregated in the Scientific Use Files. This sensitive information may be used in the controlled environment of the ODA.

    If you have any questions regarding on-site data access, please contact us at GIPinfo uni-mannheim.de.

  • Whom can I contact if I have problems accessing the GIP data?

    If you have problems accessing the GIP data, please contact GESIS.

  • I think that I have found an error in the GIP data. How can I contact you?

    If you find an error on our website or in the data, please send an e-mail to GIPinfo uni-mannheim.de.

  • How is the GIP funded?

    As an infrastructure project of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 884, the GIP is currently funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the period from 2010 to 2021. This is the maximum funding period for Collaborative Research Centers and demonstrates our success over the past ten years. We are currently in the process of applying for continued funding after 2021.

    The interdisciplinary research center of the SFB 884 employs about 150 international scientists from the fields of political science, economics, sociology, data science, and computer science are working across 18 projects.

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German Internet Panel
Collaborative Research Center 884
University of Mannheim
B 6, 30–32
68131 Mannheim

E-mail: GIPinfo uni-mannheim.de