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 honorary 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 co-founder of the journal Survey Methods: Insights from the Field, where he also was the editor for several years. 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 sons following a lifestyle of “hygge” due to his Danish ancestors.



Lisa Hönegger

Lisa Hönegger, MA

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Deputy Head of AUSSDA
Project Management, Organizational Development, Legal, EOSC & Open Science
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15330
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6530-7343


Lisa is the Deputy Head of AUSSDA and in charge of managing and developing the archive. She is also responsible for legal issues concerning data protection and licenses. Through further projects and working groups, she actively supports the areas of open science and research data management, as well as the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Lisa graduated in Political Science, Slavic Studies and Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna, Addis Ababa and Leipzig.

Christian Bischof

Mag. Christian Bischof

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Data Curation & Preservation, Metadata, Research Data Management
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15322
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4373-2899


At AUSSA, Christian is mainly responsible for long-term archiving and for the metadata used in the archiving process. Moreover, he is active in data curation.  He also works in the area of research data management across departments at PHAIDRA-Services. Christian studied sociology at the University of Vienna and has been working in the field of social science data archiving and data analysis since 2004.




Otto Bodi-Fernandez

Mag. Otto Bodi-Fernandez

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Senior research associate
Replication Data Archiving, COVID-19 Data Fast Track Publishing
Graz, T +43 316 380 3544
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5840-6634


As a senior research associate at the Institute of Sociology, Otto represents AUSSDA at the University of Graz and is thus the contact person for all AUSSDA matters in this region. In addition to research and teaching, he supports AUSSDA in data acquisition, offers advice and training on research data management, assists researchers in archiving replication data and coordinates the COVID-19  Data Fast Track Publishing project.



Anita Bodlos

Anita Bodlos

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Project EOSC-Pillar, Data Curation (on leave)
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15172
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4217-2225


Anita works for the Horizon 2020 project EOSC-Pillar, supporting the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). In addition, she is part of the AUSSDA data curation team and checks datasets before their publication. Anita studied Political Science (MA) and Communication Studies (BA).




Iris Butzlaff

Dr. Iris Butzlaff

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Data Access, Data Curation, Long-Time Preservation
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15324
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4099-8525


Iris coordinates the area of data access at AUSSDA, enabling interested researchers to access data. She also supports the team with data curation, as well as with long-term archiving. In this way, the curated data can be easily found and remain available in the long term. Iris studied and taught economics, with a focus on development economics, at the University of Göttingen and holds a doctorate in economics. She has worked for various international institutions, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and most recently as a consultant for the World Bank.

Marie Czuray

Auf dem Bild ist Marie Czuray zu sehen.

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Project EOSC-Pillar
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15323
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0583-5299


Marie Czuray is involved in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). In the H2020 project EOSC-Pillar, she is responsible for community building and stakeholder engagement. After her studies (sociology and journalism/communications), Marie worked in Copenhagen, Prague and Vienna in the field of communication and culture as well as in business ethics and sustainable finance.

Karin Faktor

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Project Coordination & Administration
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15329
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8825-1338


Karin studied Art History at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck and completed the university course Library and Information Studies in 2018. At AUSSDA, her responsibilities include the collection, processing and coordination of metadata for a public opinion research institute. She also supports the data access and curation team and takes care of internal office agendas.



Julia Geistberger

Julia Geistberger

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Organisation, Communication, Project EOSC-Pillar (on parental leave)
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15331
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7951-0692


Julia supports AUSSDA as an organisational assistant, is in charge of communication and works for the project EOSC-Pillar, supporting the creation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Prior to this, she studied International Development (BA) and Journalism (MA) and worked as a science journalist. Currently, she pursues her second Master’s programme in political science.



Veronika Heider

Veronika Heider, BA BA

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Data Curation, Project SSHOC
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15321
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8480-0029


Veronika coordinates data ingest and processing and manages AUSSDA’s activities in the H2020 project Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC). As a senior data curator, she works closely with depositors to make metadata, data and documentation in the AUSSDA Dataverse findable and usable. Within CESSDA ERIC and SSHOC, she is in close contact with partner archives throughout Europe. Veronika studied Political Science (MA) and German Philology (BA).



Manfred Herzog

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Data Archiving, 
Project COVID-19 Data Fast Track Publishing
Graz T +43 316 380 7099


At AUSSDA, Manfred contributes to data archiving in the COVID-19 Data Fast Track Publishing project. He has studied Sociology (MA) and Psychology (Mag.) at the University of Graz. His professional interests mainly lie in the areas of quantitative social research, political sociology and social psychology.



Stefan Kasberger

Ing. Stefan Kasberger

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Data Scientist & DevOps Engineer (on parental leave) 

ORCID iD:000-0003-1028-517X profile
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15323


As part of the EU project SSHOC, Stefan is developing pyDataverse - an open source Python module for Dataverse. Furthermore, he improves the internal CI/CD infrastructure for the operation of Dataverse. As a sideline, he studies environmental systems sciences with a focus on geography. His great passions are freeing and sharing knowledge and solving problems.




Theresa Kernecker

Project EOSC-Pillar
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15325
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6674-7612


Theresa works on the EOSC-Pillar project and supports in the areas of data analysis and project management. As part of the project, she is investigating how researchers use and reuse data. Theresa studied Political Science (PhD/BA) and Latin American Studies (MA).

Franziska Krauss

Business Development & Communication, Project EOSC-Pillar
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15327
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9212-1659


As an organisational assistant, Franziska supports AUSSDA in Business Development & Administration as well as in communication activities. She is also involved in the project EOSC-Pillar and would like to help promote an active exchange between science and society. Before she joined AUSSDA, she studied Political Science (MA) and Sociology in Munich and Vienna.

Lorenz Makula

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Data Curation
Graz, T +43 316 380 3545
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9308-5282


Lorenz supports AUSSDA in the data curation and archiving process and works as a student assistant in the COVID-19 Data Fast Track Publishing project. He is studying sociology (MA) at the University of Graz. 




Daniel Melichar

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As IT expert, Daniel is responsible for DevOps at AUSSDA. Programming, system engineering and cloud native tools are his passions. He is currently in the final year of his bachelor's programme in Computer and Information Sciences and plans to specialise in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in further studies.

Dimitri Prandner

Mag. Dimitri Prandner

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Senior research associate, data acquisition, data management
Linz, T +43 732 2468 7703
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8783-1848


Dimitri is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Empirical Social Research at JKU and the regional contact for AUSSDA in Upper Austria and Salzburg. He supports AUSSDA in accompanying research and offers researchers advice on research data management and data protection. He is a member of the SSÖ consortium, leads work package 5 - Digitisation of social science methodology in the Digitize(!) project and represents Austria in a project on survey data on ethnic and migrant minorities. Dimitri holds degrees in Sociology (Mag.) and Communication Science (Dr.) and is Ars Docendi laureate 2020.



Andreas Villarreal, BA BA MSc (WU)

Project SSHOC
Vienna, T +43-1-4277-49490


Andreas supports the H2020 project Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC), with a focus on the areas of communication and dissemination. This includes cataloguing and coordinating previous communication strategies, as well as providing support for their design and evaluation. After two Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and International Development at the University of Vienna and a Master's degree in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, with a focus on sustainability and social change, he worked for the United Nations in Vienna and the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna.