We discuss Open Access and Open Research Data.

Dialogue with economists is important to us: this is the only way to develop customised solutions that support you in your work. We do this in various ways:

  1. Attending conferences: the ZBW discusses the benefits of Open Access and Open Research Data at economic conferences, for instance at the Annual Meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitik.
  2. Workshops: the ZBW organises workshops with economists in the course of projects. The projects range from datacite and da|ra to SowiDataNat and EDaWaX (find more about the projects in the info box).
  3. EU working groups: The ZBW is engaged in several working groups of the European Commission. Among these are (1) Open Data, (2) Open Access, and (3) Science 2.0.
  4. Background conversations: every day, the ZBW holds background conversations with institutions and publishers in economics during our acquisitions for our document server EconStor. As a proponent of Open Access we explain the benefits of freely accessible scientific publications.
  5. Project meetings: At regular project meetings with our partners from economic research institutions we discuss possible solutions for a broad acceptance of Open Access and Open Research Data.
  6. Handout on research data management: the ZBW, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, and the German Data Forum (RatSWD) have jointly authored a handout on research data. The first edition was published in September 2014. It will be adapted gradually in the future (See

ZBW presentations worldwide

on Open Access and Open Research Data

European Data Watch Extended (EDaWaX)

Development of a publication-related data archive – analysis of the data management of journals – consulting services for journal editors regarding data management

EDaWaX currently develops a data-archive for implementation at journals. In addition to the published articles, the corresponding data and calculation codes will be disclosed and provided for public access. This data archive helps to improve the replicability of economic research.

Several studies have been conducted within the framework of EDaWaX, for instance about incentives for sharing research data or the data policies of scholarly journals. The outcomes formed the basis for the requirements of the technical infrastructure.

EDaWaX also provides general consulting services for journal editors in the area of data management. This consulting includes the implementation of data policies as well as the selection of a suitable infrastructure for providing these data.

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Building a web-based infrastructure for research data in economics and the social sciences — enabling self-archiving, documentation, and distribution of research data.

SowiDataNet is a cooperative project of GESIS, DIW, WZB, and ZBW funded by the Leibniz Association. The project aims to build a web-based, self-contained infrastructure which enables social scientists and economists to self-archive, document, and distribute their research data.

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Registration of research data with a unique ID number

To have a labour- and data-intensive study cited is important to scholars because it enhances their reputation. Research data can only be cited, though, if they have been registered with a unique ID number, a so-called Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The registration agency da|ra assigns these DOI numbers to datasets in social sciences and economics in Germany. It is jointly built and operated by the ZBW and GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

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Handout Research Data

Research data management should be an integral part of university curricula – only then can “data sharing” be propagated in the medium term. This is the result of the panel on research data management held at the annual meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitik in 2013. In consequence, the ZBW, GESIS, and the German Data Forum jointly produced the handout “Research data: search – cite – document”. The handout offers practical help for young researchers, telling them where to find data for their research, and how to cite them correctly. It offers advice on how to document data sensibly, and how to make them available to a large audience of fellow scientists, so that the data can be cited.

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EconStor worldwide

The following reserach institutions in economics regularly publish working papers on EconStor
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