Our partners

AUSSDA is managed with the support and guidance of two standing boards and one working group. These bodies combine substantial professional experience and technical expertise across a broad range of subjects and issues, ensuring that AUSSDA is in a strong position to serve the data preservation and access needs of the Austrian social sciences community.

AUSSDA Working Group

The AUSSDA Working Group (AWG) is the ultimate decision-making body of AUSSDA, and is responsible for all public services and products delivered by AUSSDA programs and staff. Its primary purpose is to provide a business framework for daily operations and to implement broad strategic initiatives as realizable goals and objectives. AWG members include:

  • University of Vienna: Christian Bischof, Hajo Boomgaarden, Veronika Heider, Lars Kaczmirek, Sylvia Kritzinger, Lena Raffetseder, Barbara Sánchez, Maria Seissl
  • University of Graz: Otto Bodi-Fernandez, Markus Hadler, Franz Höllinger, Johanna Muckenhuber
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz: Johann Bacher, Dimitri Prandner
  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy: Matthias Reiter-Pázmándy

National Advisory Board

AUSSDA's National Advisory Board (NAB) provides strategic expertise and support in determining the future direction of the program, including its mission and goals. NAB members are drawn from AUSSDA's partnering institutions and serve as communication conduits to their home institutions, raising awareness about AUSSDA services, activities, and initiatives, and sharing feedback gathered from the social sciences community about AUSSDA's priorities and performance.

  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW): Isabella Buber-Ennser (Research Group Demography in Austria) and Josef Seethaler (Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies)
  • Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO): Lucia Glinsner (Data Management) and Marcus Scheiblecker (Macroeconomics and European Economic Policy)
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF): Falk Reckling (Strategy Department) and Petra Grabner (Humanities and Social Sciences Department)
  • Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG): Sabine Mayer (Strategy Unit) and Michalis Tzatzanis (Unit of European and International Programmes)
  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW): Matthias Reiter-Pázmándy (Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS): Peter Grand (Research group European Integration) and Susanne Kirchner (Research group Security, Inclusion and Social Dialogue)
  • Statistics Austria: Matthias Till (Analysis and Projections - Social Statistics)
  • University of Graz: Johanna Muckenhuber (Department of Sociology) and Renate Ortlieb (Department of Human Resource Management)
  • University of Innsbruck: Marcelo Jenny (Department of Political Science) and Bernadette Müller Kmet (Department of Sociology)
  • University of Klagenfurt: Matthias Karmasin (Department of Media and Communications) and Florian Müller (Institute of Instructional and School Development)
  • University of Linz: Johann Bacher (Department of Sociology) and Bernad Batinic (Institute of Education and Psychology)
  • University of Salzburg: Jessica Fortin-Rittberger (Department of Political Science) and Martin Weichbold (Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences) 
  • University of Vienna: Sophie Lecheler (Department of Communication Science) and Roland Verwiebe (Department of Sociology)
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business: Gerda Bohmann (Sociology)

International Advisory Board

AUSSDA's International Advisory Board (IAB) monitors the development of AUSSDA as part of an emerging transnational community of data archiving services, with a special focus on technology, infrastructure, and information management processes. IAB's role is to promote AUSSDA's compliance with international open access standards, and ensure maximal interoperability with respect to its European and global counterparts. IAB's membership includes:

  • ADP is represented by the Head of the Slovenian Social Science Data Archive (ADP), Janez Štebe. He has expertise in developing research infrastructures and in turning archives into trustworthy digital repositories, as indicated by his work in the CESSDA "Trust Group". 
  • CSDA: Jindřich Krejčí is head of Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA). He holds a PhD in sociology and has extensive knowledge on data management, research infrastructures and data quality.
  • DANS: Marion Wittenberg is Service Manager of DataverseNL at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) in the Netherlands. She has a background in sociology and is and has been involved in number of European Infrastructure projects such as Data without Boundaries (DwB), DASISH and CESSDA Strengthening and Widening (SaW).
  • FORS: Georg Lutz has been the Director of FORS since 2016. From 2008 until 2016 he was Director of the Swiss election study SELECTS. His expertise ranges from the fields of political behaviour and electoral systems to survey research methods.
  • GESIS is represented by Alexia Katsanidou who has led the Data Archive department since 2015. Before, she was leader of the team "International Data Infrastructures" at GESIS for five years. She holds a PhD in politics and in her research she focuses on comparative electoral studies and the radicalization of European societies.
  • NSD: Vigdis Kvalheim is Deputy Director of NSD
  • UK Data Service: Associate Director Louise Corti heads the functional areas of Collections Development and Producer Relations at the UK Data Service. She has been involved with qualitative data archiving since 1994 and has supported emerging archives around the world.