QualiBi – Development of a research data platform for qualitative educational research

In accordance with the FAIR data principles, this cooperation project addresses the sustainable use and reusability of distributed qualitative datasets by establishing a user-oriented data portal for educational research.

Project Description

For qualitative data in educational research there is currently no comprehensive data portal that meets the overall methodological requirements for quality-assured and connectable data preparation and documentation. The Research Data Center for Education (FDZ Bildung) at the DIPF is therefore developing a federated overall view of existing distributed data offerings and content from various disciplinary sub-areas in close cooperation with the Archive for Educational Casuistry (ApaeK) at the Goethe University Frankfurt and in close connection with the specialist communities. The bundling of these heterogeneous data sets and the user-oriented approach will not only promote acceptance within the community, but also enable and support interdisciplinary perspectives and analysis possibilities along specific research questions and contexts. In this way, existing distributed qualitative data collections will be standardized, made interoperable, and further merged into a repository structure to ensure visibility and access. Central to this project is the development, expansion and establishment of acquisition networks associated to sustainable quality assurance and re-use. Thus, this project is in line with the objectives of the Verbund Forschungsdaten Bildung (VerbundFDB) and represents an important milestone for the research funding and infrastructure development of the Informationszentrum Bildung (IZB).

Project Objectives

The goal of the project is the development of a federated research data platform (QualiBi) for qualitative educational research in the German-speaking countries. For this purpose, distributed heterogeneous university and non-university data sets will be enriched and made interoperably accessible and reusable for educational primary and secondary research as well as teaching and further education.



Department of Educational Science at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

  • Prof. Dr. Mirja Silkenbeumer (Project Management)

  • Dr. Christoph Leser (Coordinator)

  • Sinje Brinkmann

  • Saskia Terstegen

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Project Details

Current project
Area of Focus Open Science
Department: Information Centre for Education
10/2020 – 12/2024
External funding