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Qualiservice is a data service center that archives and provides qualitative research data from the various fields of the social sciences for scientific re-use. Our services include personalized and study-specific advice, as well as curation and secure processing of data for re-use and long-term archiving. We also provide research data and relevant contextual information for scientific re-uses in research and teaching.

Qualiservice was accredited by the RatSWD in 2019 and adheres to its quality assurance criteria. Qualiservice is committed to the DFG Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice and takes into account the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship as well as the OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding.

The Qualiservice research data center is operated by several partners in a consortium and is located at the University of Bremen at the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM). The technical and infrastructural development of Qualiservice is carried out in cooperation with PANGAEA. The Bremen State and University Library (SuUB Bremen) supports the development of metadata for qualitative research data and is responsible for the publication of data protection-compliant study reports of the processed research materials.

As part of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), Qualiservice is coordinating the development of the QualidataNet network - a federated infrastructure for data sharing of qualitative data and the development of a specific RDM portfolio.

Useful links to Qualiservice metadata documentation: