Lars Kaczmirek

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Head of AUSSDA
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15320
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4868-2541


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 in Germany in the domains of sociology, political science and psychology. He has extensive experience in successfully building new research infrastructures and services from scratch and is passionate about building infrastructure and tools that benefit science and society.




Veronika Heider

Veronika Heider, BA BA

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Acting Deputy Head of AUSSDA, Data Curation
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15321
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8480-0029


As a senior data curator, Veronika works closely with depositors to make metadata, data and documentation in the AUSSDA Dataverse findable and usable. Within CESSDA ERIC, she is in close contact with partner archives throughout Europe and leads the work package on training in the Horizon Europe project Infra4NextGen. Veronika studied Political Science (MA) and German Philology (BA).



Lisa Hönegger

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Deputy Head of AUSSDA (on leave)
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 AUSSDA, Christian is mainly responsible for long-term archiving and for the metadata used in the archiving process. Moreover, he is active in data curation. 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
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 and assists researchers in archiving replication data.



Anita Bodlos

Anita Bodlos

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Research Data Management
Innsbruck, T +43 512 507 23355
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4217-2225


Anita works at the University of Innsbruck at the department for Digital Research Services. For AUSSDA, she mainly focuses on research data management. 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 addition, she coordinates the data ingest and works closely with depositors as a data curator to make metadata, datasets and documentation findable and reusable in the AUSSDA Dataverse. She also prepares data for long-term archiving to ensure the curated data can be found easily and remains available in the long term. Iris studied economics at the University of Göttingen and the University of Chile and holds a doctorate in economics.

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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Communication, Data Acquisition, Data Management
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15331
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7951-0692


Julia is responsible for AUSSDA's communication affairs and supports with data acquisition and research data management. Moreover, she works for the project EOSC Future, organizing trainings and creating training materials for European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). She studied political and communication science and graduated in International Development (BA) and Journalism (MA).



Lisa Hirsch

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Data Curation
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15332
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2263-3696


Lisa works in the areas of data ingest and data preparation. Within the EOSC Future project, she organises and delivers trainings for Open Science and creates training materials that can be reused. Lisa studied political science and statistics, and then completed her PhD in political science at Aarhus University.




Franziska Krauss

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Business Development & Communication
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 also works for OpenAIRE, as their Network Outreach and Engagement Officer. Before she joined AUSSDA and OpenAIRE, she studied Political Science (MA) and Sociology in Munich and Vienna.

Lorenz Makula

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Lorenz studied sociology at the University of Graz and is currently working at AUSSDA, where he is mainly involved in data ingest and data preparation. He assesses the quality of the research data and publishes datasets. In addition, he participates in a CESSDA project for data management and archiving.

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.



Maria Schreiner

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Data Management, Dara Curation
Innsbruck, T +43 512 507-30070


Maria is a student assistant at the "FAIR-Infopoint" of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Innsbruck. She is the contact person for requests regarding AUSSDA and research data management at the faculty. In addition, she supports AUSSDA in data acquisition and data processing. Maria is currently studying Political Science: European and International Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Master’s Programme).

Nikolai Soran

Dara Curation
Linz, T +43 732 2468 4880


Nikolai works at the Main Campus Library (License Management and Scholarly Services - ­­eBooks, AUSSDA) at JKU Linz and supports AUSSDA in data curation.