Introduction to the RDSC

The Research Data and Service Centre (RDSC) offers high-quality services providing access to Deutsche Bundesbank microdata. Simple and quick enquiry channels, competent user support and data enrichment constitute the RDSC’s core business. The data provided to the RDSC are handled responsibly and in compliance with all legal and internal regulations on data processing and data disclosure.

The RDSC provides the following services:

  • It is responsible for methodological improvements, physical provision and comprehensive documentation of high-quality micro datasets. It archives them based on the guidelines drawn up by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).
  • The RDSC advises potential and current data users within and outside of the Bundesbank on data selection, data access, data content and analysis options.
  • The RDSC ensures compliance with data protection requirements. Requests to use microdata are first reviewed in accordance with legal requirements. The RDSC ensures that only anonymised results leave the secure environment of the visiting researcher’s workplace within the RDSC.

Accreditation by the German Data Forum

The RDSC is accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD).

In July 2016, the German Data Forum established a complaints office. Any issues relating to the use of RDSC data that cannot be resolved with the competent RDSC contact can be addressed to the German Data Forum using a contact form available on the German Data Forum’s homepage. The contact form as well as details on responsibilities and on the process are available on the German Data Forum’s website.