The project analyzes educational processes in Germany from early childhood to late adulthood. The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) has been set up to find out more about the acquisition of education in Germany, to plot the consequences of education for individual biographies, and to describe central educational processes and trajectories across the entire life span.
Such an interdisciplinary consortium of research institutes, researcher groups, and research.
personalities has been assembled in Bamberg. In addition, the competencies and experiences with longitudinal research available at numerous other locations have been networked to form a cluster of excellence.
NEPS is covered by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. NEPS is a member of the RatSWD research data infrastructure; Remote Access Technology: RemoteNEPS
The NEPS will also offer data via remote access technology. The development of the data enclave RemoteNEPS represents pioneering work as the NEPS will be the first large-scale provider of a remote access solution in Germany. RemoteNEPS will offer a “virtual desktop” in a controlled environment that allows accessing more sensitive microdata remotely. The online resources of the enclave are easily accessible. No software has to be installed and users can work on any operating system. The only requirement is access to the Internet: An encrypted connection with RemoteNEPS provides the gateway to the data. After registration, authorized researchers access the enclave using an innovative and highly secure biometric authentication system (keystroke biometrics, certified by TÜV). Data are only available for online analysis and will not be transmitted to the user’s system. After data analysis is complete, researchers can request the delivery of output. The NEPS staff reviews all output requests for confidentiality and uses strict controls to ensure the integrity of the output as well as its correct and timely delivery to the researcher.