Group picture of the AUSSDA TEAM

The AUSSDA Team in May 2017 (from left): Otto Bodi-Fernandez, Veronika Heider, Lena Raffetseder (top), Christian Bischof, Dimitri Prandner, Barbara Sánchez (top), Lars Kaczmirek (photo: AUSSDA/

Julian Ausserhofer

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Julian is AUSSDA's deputy head. He studied in Vienna, Berkeley, Graz and Oslo and completed his doctorate in communication science at the University of Vienna. Before joining AUSSDA he was a media spokesperson for the Austrian Ministry of Education. He has worked in research and teaching for nine years, among others for the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, and the Institute for Journalism and PR of the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz. Julian is passionate about free knowledge, open data and journalism.

Christian Bischof

Mag. Christian Bischof

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Finding data, data access & persistent identifiers
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15322

Christian studied sociology at the University of Vienna and was data analyst for the Vienna Institute for Social Science Documentation and Methodology (WISDOM). Since 2014, he’s been working as a freelance social scientist, specializing in the field of ageing, where he forecasts demand for long-term care services. His work focuses on data archiving, documentation methods and quantitative research methods.





Otto Bodi-Fernandez

Mag. Otto Bodi-Fernandez

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Data management & data archiving
Graz, T +43 316 380 7083
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5840-6634

Otto studied sociology at the University of Graz and holds a Ph.D. in social and economic sciences. Due to his focus on empirical methods and data analysis, he was involved in various research projects from different disciplines. Recently, he worked at the University of Graz as an assistant at the Institute for Educational Science. His research interests are mainly social inequality, education and childhood research.



Veronika Heider

Veronika Heider, BA BA

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Full service & persistent identifiers
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15321

During her German philology and political science studies, Veronika was part of the supply side and the demand side of AUTNES – The Austrian National Election Study at the Department of Government at the University of Vienna. Her fields of interest are living conditions on medieval castles but mainly electoral research and quantitative methods.



Lars Kaczmirek

Dr. Lars Kaczmirek

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Lars specializes in survey methodology and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Mannheim. He is associate professor at the Australian National University (ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences) and adjunct assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research (ISR), Center for Political Studies (CPS). He is the editor and co-founder of the journal Survey Methods: Insights from the Field. In the past he was responsible for several large surveys of the general population. He has published extensively and is passionate about building tools that benefit science and society. At home he enjoys life with his wife and son following a lifestyle of “hygge” due to his Danish ancestors.



Andreas Loibl

System integration and administration

Andreas is the system administrator for AUSSDA's digital repository. He has not only spent decades in helping businesses with IT solutions in Austria as well as in the UK, but also has shared his knowledge in courses and workshops at the WIFI Wien. He has set up and maintains the "Vienna Data Center - academic" (, mainly hosting financial data and providing license-compliant access.

Dimitri Prandner

Mag. Dimitri Prandner

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Data management & data archiving
Linz, T +43 732 2468 7750
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8783-1848

Dimitri is a trained sociologist and communication scientist, who studied and works at the Universities of Linz and Salzburg. As soon as he found out that formulating and testing statistical models is not too different from playing with Lego, he decided to focus on quantitative survey methods. In 2016 he administered the Social Survey Austria as senior researcher. Today, his primary research interests are in the fields of political sociology, the comparative sociology of news and survey methodology.



Lena Raffetseder

Lena Raffetseder, MA

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Data archiving, finding data & data access
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15324

Lena studied at the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna and holds a Master’s degree in political science. Her studies were driven by an interest in parties, elections and voting behaviour and after overcoming an initial suspicion of numbers, she came to embrace quantitative methods. She previously was a project assistant at the Austrian National Election Study, based at the University of Vienna. Owing to her Canadian mother, Lena likes maple syrup, donuts and hockey.



Barbara Sánchez

Mag. Barbara Sánchez

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Data management, licenses & access
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15323

Barbara earned her degree in English and comparative literature and went on to collect years of experience in the media and communications industry. After finishing a postgraduate degree in library and information studies, she now specializes in data management plans, licensing and research data. She has collaborated in Horizon 2020 projects and she is in constant dialogue with other international initiatives.



Frank Sposito

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Data management, web services & user experience
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15325
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6229-6834

Frank holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver (Colorado). His areas of specialization are research data management, database development, and data management/visualization application development.