What is the AUSSDA Dataverse?

AUSSDA Dataverse is the digital archive of AUSSDA - The Austrian Social Science Data Archive. It is based on the open source application Dataverse which has been developed by Harvard University.

You can archive, find and use data under https://data.aussda.at.

Create and manage your account

Log In

Here you can log in with your institutional login. Choose your institution from the list and log in using your institutional credentials. If you choose institutional login, look for the English name of your institution in the list. Under Log In you can also log into your local AUSSDA Dataverse user account. 

Forgot password

If you forgot the password of your local account, request an account password reset. If you use institutional login, we cannot reset your password, as only your institution can reset your institutional password. If you did not receive a link to reset your password via e-mail, you have used institutional login in the past. 

Sign up

If you do not want to or cannot use institutional login, you can create a local account in our AUSSDA Dataverse. Please be aware of the password requirements: Your password has to 1) be at least 8 characters and 2) contain at least 1 character from 3 of the following types: uppercase, lowercase, numeral, special. If you password is longer than 20 characters, requirement 2) is not applicable any more.

On the start page of the AUSSDA Dataverse you can decide whether to create a new account under sign up or log in with an existing username or institutional log in.

Create a new account under "Sign up" or use the option "Log in" to use an existing account.

Use * as place holder for searching in English language.


  • the name of our archival software
  • a "folder" for researchers, projects or journals to share and make their data available
  • a "folder" that can also contain other dataverses


  • Search in English
  • use * to broaden your search


  • can contain metadata, research data, documentations or code to be downloaded
  • many datasets can be provided in a single dataverse
  • information about files, metadata, terms and versions are provided on dataset level

Roles and permissions

  • Users can have different roles in different dataverses and for different datasets
  • No login or special permissions are needed to download CC BY licensed datasets
  • To access scientific use files you need to be logged in or get permission from the AUSSDA Team

Files to download

  • AUSSDA makes research data available in Stata (.dta), SPSS (.zsav) and tab-delimited (.tab) format
  • Data is assigned the categories "Data" and "STATA" or "SPSS", documentations the category "Documentation"

Screenshot of the AUSSDA Filenaming in Dataverse.

File naming and legend I


  • 10007 - example for an archival number
  • da - data file
  • en - English (alternatives are e.g. de - German, fr - French)
  • v1_2: version number (Major version: 1, minor version: 2)
  • .dta - STATA file


AUSSDA versions files on two levels: 1_0 (major-minor)  

  • Major: big changes like deletion or insertion of a variable or case leads to a major file versioning update
  • Minor: on this level, we differentiate between significant changes (corrections to labels or other recodings) and not significant changes (e.g. cosmetic). Not significant changes are only modified in files when a significant change is necessary.

File naming and legend II

da - Data

qu - Questionnaire

im - Interviewer manual

fr - Field report

co - Codebook

rr - Research report

mr - Method report

om - Other material

ta - Tables

te - Text report, text comment

gr - Graphics