Project 'Virtual research environment' (VRE)

The aim of the project “Virtual Research Environment” (VRE) was the development of a prototype for a virtual research environment. The VRE supports a collaborative use of social science micro data from research data centres in collaborative projects of spatially distributed research institutions. It also supports the entire scientific production chain.

The project VRE was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project was supervised by the Project Management Agency in the DLR (PT-DLR) (field of work: environment, culture, sustainability) in Bonn. The implementation phase began in June 2012 and ends in June 2014.

The project is based on conceptual preliminary work, conducted in the sub-project “Collaborative Data Analysis and Virtual Working Environment” within the framework of the “Third Report on Germany´s Socioeconomic Development – Implementation of a Conceptual Phase” (August 2009 – December 2010), funded by the BMBF.

The development of the VRE was managed by the SOFI which cooperated in an interdisciplinary project network with the GESIS – Leibnitz Institute for Social Sciences in Mannheim, the Society for Scientific Data Processing in Goettingen (GWDG), Research Data Centre (RDC-IAB) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Labour Market and Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg , the Georg-August-University of Goettingen Public Law Foundation (implementing agency: Lower Saxony State and University Library (SUB)), the Research Data Centre SOEP in Berlin (RDC-SOEP), the Research Data Centre of the Pension Insurance in Berlin (RDC-RV) as well as the D-Grid gGmbH.



Final conference of the project “Virtual Research Environment” on January 24, 2014

Under the title “The Portal, the Data, and We – a Virtual Research Environment for the Digital Infrastructure” the final meeting of the joint project “Virtual Research Environment for Socioeconomic Reporting” took place in Berlin on January 24, 2014.

The documentation of the meeting can be found here (in German).

Documents (German)
Projektbeschreibung VFU PDF
Uwe Jensen, Stefan Schweers: Das erweiterte Metadatenschema der VFU soeb 3. GESIS-Technical Reports 2014-13 PDF
Uwe Jensen, Stefan Schweers, Zeljko Carevic: Die Metadateneditoren der VFU soeb 3. GESIS-Technical Reports 2014-14 PDF