Group picture of the AUSSDA TEAM

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

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


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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Full service & head of AUSSDA

Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15320


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.



Dimitri Prandner

Mag. Dimitri Prandner

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Data management & data archiving

Linz, T +43 732 2468 7750


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

Data management, web services, user experience

Wien, T +43 1 4277 15325


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.