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The eLabour project aims to build a virtual research environment for re-using existing social science data for qualitative research. In the focus are study data from the last 40 years with the focus on production and working contours since the end of "Fordism". For this, the rich data treasures of the participating institutes will serve as a base for cross-sectional qualitative analysis using digital tools. The effort includes empirical studies from more than 40 years and has the goal on developing industrial sociological research with IT-based methods. In interdisciplinary working groups the project members develop and test an appropriate research infrastructure and from IT-based methods for secondary analysis of qualitative data.

Our Role and Tasks

The GWDG is responsible for the development of the research data platform and its subsequent operation. In this context, a comprehensive rights and role model was implemented. The research data platform thus allows sociological research data to be exchanged at different release levels in a privacy-compliant manner. In addition to developing the main platform, the GWDG has also implemented an original data archive that allows researchers to securely store non-curated research.

Project Partners

  • Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut Göttingen e.V. (SOFI Göttingen)
  • Datenservicezentrum Betriebs- und Organisationsdaten an der Universität Bielefeld (DSZ-BO)
  • Forschungszentrum L3S, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Institut für Soziologie Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung München e.V. (ISF München)
  • Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (SUB)
  • Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, ZWE der TU Dortmund (sfs Dortmund)


Web site: http://elabour.de


The eLabour Research Data Plattform is operational.


Prof. Dr. Philipp Wieder



01.10.2015 - 31.12.2020


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Grant number: 01UG1812D)