Our partners

AUSSDA is managed with the support and guidance of two standing boards and a steering board. These bodies combine substantial professional experience and technical expertise across a broad range of subjects and issues, ensuring that AUSSDA is in a strong position to serve the data preservation and access needs of the Austrian social sciences community.

AUSSDA Steering Board

The steering board directly supports the management of AUSSDA. It advises on questions of strategy and future developments.

  • University of Vienna: Hajo Boomgaarden, Sylvia Kritzinger
  • University of Graz: Markus Hadler, Franz Höllinger
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz: Johann Bacher, Michael Kranewitter
  • University of Innsbruck: Franz Eder, Felix Holzmeister
  • AUSSDA: Lars Kaczmirek, Lisa Hönegger
  • Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research: Matthias Reiter-Pázmándy

National Advisory Board

AUSSDA's National Advisory Board (NAB) provides strategic expertise and support in determining the future direction of the program, including its mission and goals. NAB members are drawn from AUSSDA's partnering institutions and serve as communication conduits to their home institutions, raising awareness about AUSSDA services, activities, and initiatives, and sharing feedback gathered from the social sciences community about AUSSDA's priorities and performance.

  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW): Isabella Buber-Ennser (Research Group Demography in Austria) and Josef Seethaler (Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies)
  • Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO): Lucia Glinsner (Data Management) and Jürgen Janger (Deputy Head)
  • Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG): Sabine Mayer (Strategy Unit) and Michalis Tzatzanis (Unit of European and International Programmes)
  • Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research: Matthias Reiter-Pázmándy (Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS): Peter Grand (Research group European Integration) and Susanne Kirchner (Research group Security, Inclusion and Social Dialogue)
  • Statistics Austria: Matthias Till (Analysis and Projections - Social Statistics)
  • University of Graz: Renate Ortlieb (Department of Human Resource Management)
  • University of Innsbruck: Marcelo Jenny (Department of Political Science) and Bernadette Müller Kmet (Department of Sociology)
  • University of Klagenfurt: Matthias Karmasin (Department of Media and Communications) and Florian Müller (Institute of Instructional and School Development)
  • University of Linz: Johann Bacher (Department of Sociology) and Bernad Batinic (Institute of Education and Psychology)
  • University of Salzburg: Jessica Fortin-Rittberger (Department of Political Science) and Martin Weichbold (Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences) 
  • University of Vienna: Sophie Lecheler (Department of Communication Science) 
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business: Gerda Bohmann (Sociology)

International Advisory Board

AUSSDA's International Advisory Board (IAB) monitors the development of AUSSDA as part of an emerging transnational community of data archiving services, with a special focus on technology, infrastructure, and information management processes. IAB's role is to promote AUSSDA's compliance with international open access standards, and ensure maximal interoperability with respect to its European and global counterparts. IAB's membership includes:

  • Arhiv Družboslovnih Podatkov (ADP) is represented by the Head of the Slovenian Social Science Data Archive (ADP), Janez Štebe. He has expertise in developing research infrastructures and in turning archives into trustworthy digital repositories, as indicated by his work in the CESSDA "Trust Group". 

  • Český sociálněvědní datový archiv (CSDA): Jindřich Krejčí is head of Czech Social Science Data Archive (CSDA). He holds a PhD in sociology and has extensive knowledge on data management, research infrastructures and data quality.

  • Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS): Marion Wittenberg is Service Manager of DataverseNL at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) in the Netherlands. She has a background in sociology and is and has been involved in number of European Infrastructure projects such as Data without Boundaries (DwB), DASISH and CESSDA Strengthening and Widening (SaW).

  • Centre de compétences suisse en sciences sociales (FORS): Georg Lutz has been the Director of FORS since 2016. From 2008 until 2016 he was Director of the Swiss election study SELECTS. His expertise ranges from the fields of political behaviour and electoral systems to survey research methods.

  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften is represented by Alexia Katsanidou who has led the Data Archive department since 2015. Before, she was leader of the team "International Data Infrastructures" at GESIS for five years. She holds a PhD in politics and in her research she focuses on comparative electoral studies and the radicalization of European societies.

  • Norsk Senter for Forskningsdata (NSD): Vigdis Kvalheim is Director of NSD

  • UK Data Service: Associate Director Louise Corti heads the functional areas of Collections Development and Data Publishing at the UK Data Service. She has been involved with qualitative data archiving since 1994 and has supported emerging archives around the world.