Central Archive for Empirical Social Research


The Central Archive contains a high quantity of selected, rich, updated and pertinent databases, covering several social sciences issues. In particular, Eastern Europe and German speaking countries are covered by surveys and statistical data.


The Central Archive is an institution affiliated to Gesis, an umbrella organisation that brings together 78 independent research institutes. It cooperates with the University of Cologne (Köln)


Data, questionnaires, codebooks and results of empirical studies are available. Research papers, working papers and publications are also retrievable

Information density

One of the richest European statistical databases. Many relevant databases with abstracts on social science literature are managed and accessible through ZA

Content Pertinence to Political Science

Among the prominent research areas: history, population surveys, social change, welfare measurement, various topics concerning Eastern Europe

Updating Rate

Updated mostly every week, at least in certain sections and pages