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A question database for the German Longitudinal Election Study

Presenter 1
Wolfgang Zenk-Moeltgen
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

The GLES Question Database contains all the questions from the German Longitudinal Election Study (http://www.gesis.org/en/elections-home/gles/). The GLES Study is a large and ambitious election study in Germany. It is structured in eleven components conducted in different modes which are connected by a common core questionnaire. The GLES Question Database enables users to search for questions and is currently used as an internal tool for the GLES project. A public release is planned until summer 2014. Questions are shown with their answer categories, their variables, and their association to studies, along with some basic study level information. Studies may also be compared to see differences in methodology and topics covered. The GLES Question Database is a first product based on the STARDAT development that was shown at IASSIST before. It is based on DDI-Lifecycle re-usable components that build a basic common infrastructure for several applications. The GLES documentation was imported from a project specific database into DDI-Lifecycle format and combined with study level information from the GESIS Data Archive. The presentation will show challenges and solutions of the development of the GLES Question Database and the possibilities to use it for similar data collection projects.

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