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24 Jun 21 | News

Completion of Webinar Series: Introduction to Administrative Data from Europe

The three virtual events gathered experts and researchers to discuss the potentials of data for research and policy

Three webinars organised by LISER entitled “Webinar Series: Introduction to Administrative Data from Europe” from January to March 2021. The events brought together experts from research centres in France, Germany and the Netherlands to present and discuss the potentials of the various data for research and policy.


As empirical research in the social sciences and evidence-based policy advice increasingly relies on large and high-quality microdata, many countries in Europe have now made available individual- or firm-level data based on social security records or mandatory reporting standards. These datasets offer many opportunities for analysing innovative research questions and provide causal evidence on many questions relevant to international research and policy-makers alike.

“It was inspiring to see how other countries manage to provide high-quality administrative data that is accessible to encourage excellent research and evidence-based policy advice. More than 130 people attending the series from a wide range of institutions and interests shows that there is a big demand in Luxembourg for such data. We at LISER take this as motivation to work on improving local access to administrative data from Europe and Luxembourg.”
- Prof. Christina Gathmann


Held virtually on WebEx, the seminars gathered participants from universities, research institutes, ministries in Luxembourg and from neighbouring countries. Presentations included:

Presenter: Stefanie Wolter (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nürnberg)

Title: German Labor Market Data and Secure Data Access - the Research-Data-Center of the Institute for Employment Research (RDC-IAB)

Abstract: The Research Data Centre at the Institute for Employment Research (RDC-IAB) has been offering high-quality administrative and survey data on the German labor market for 15 years and has become one of the most important locations worldwide for researchers interested in data for labor market research. This presentation provides an overview on: Who we are, our data products and data access modes.

Presenter: Ruben Doods (Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Amsterdam)

Title: Microdata access for scientific research in the Netherlands

Abstract: The Dutch NSI has a long tradition of making microdata accessible for researchers doing scientific statistical research. As the Netherlands makes national statistics using mainly registers and administrations, this means that all Dutch citizens and corporations are available in these microdata sets. The microdatasets are pseudonomized in a way that makes them linkable. In this way scientists can construct an almost complete picture of Dutch society and the Dutch economy. Furthermore It is possible to import own datasets and make them linkable to the available microdata.
Privacy and security are two very important aspects of access to microdata. Certain security measurements are necessary, such as approval of research institutes, approval of researchers, approval of research projects and access to data on a need-to-know basis. Besides this there are IT and legal security regulations. Notwithstanding these limitations hundreds of research projects with over 1000 active researchers are done each year.
Doing research on Dutch microdata can be done using a remote access log in and can be done from basically any computer with an internet connection. We do not use safe rooms and researchers can access Dutch microdata form their own institutes or even from home. Research is not limited to Dutch organizations and researches from any European country are eligible to access microdata on the same conditions as Dutch institutes.
In the webinar we will explain more about the possibilities and limitations. We will also explain how European researchers can gain access.

Presenters: Roxane Silberman, CASD scientific advisor; Rémy Marquier, head of CASD Data Management Service

Title: Developments in national and transnational access to French confidential microdata

Abstract: Researchers’ access to confidential official microdata has been at the top of the agenda in France since a few years. Within the context of the open data initiatives and building on previous developments regarding secure access to confidential official microdata, recent changes in the legal frameworks have dramatically changed the situation and opened access for the researchers to a large bunch of these rich resources including administrative data. The set up of CASD (Centre d’accès sécurisé aux données) in 2010, with a secure remote access that can best balance the producers/data holders needs for confidentiality protection and the researchers’ needs, has been a driver for this opening, now also allowing for the researchers linkage between different data sources, particularly the administrative ones. Remote access is available from all EU countries and with some restrictions from North America with over 1300 active researchers. We will explain the accreditation and access procedures and present an overview of CASD data catalogue (about 2850 products from 367 data sources) with a focus on administrative data in many domains as labor market, business, finance, society, education, justice or health. Attention will be brought on the joint CASD and IAB report on the comparability of their labor market administrative data, a work conducted within the International Data Access Network (IDAN) that brings together CASD (as coordinator), IAB, GESIS, CBS, UKDS and ONS to facilitate comparative research based on administrative data.