The FDZ Ruhr combines research and data service specializing in small-scale data. It is accredited by the Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD). The data stored by the FDZ Ruhr are georeferenced with standardized area references. In addition to small-scale regional data, the datasets also include individual and household data. These data are made available as scientific use files for scientific research and as public use files for the general public.
The FDZ Ruhr conducts research on questions of regional research, in particular on regional inequality, the real estate market, and environmental effects. Regional econometric data are used to answer various research questions, especially in the field of big data.lity, the real estate market, and environmental effects. Regional econometric data are used to answer various research questions, especially in the field of big data.
As part of the service activities, the FDZ Ruhr georeferences data or creates conversion routines that standardize different area statuses. All data sets are anonymized as needed and, if possible, made available as scientific use files. The staff advises (potential) users on the selection and application of the data sets. The data stock of the FDZ Ruhr comprises small-scale regional data as well as individual and household data collected in the context of research projects at RWI or by cooperation partners.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions about our services, individual data sets, or requests for use:
Please send any questions regarding data protection to Katharina Nowak-Mohr:
Phone: +49 201 8149-273
Fax: +49 201 8149-200
Information about the CouncilSWD Complaint Center
As of July 2016, RatSWD has established a complaince office. Via a contact form on the RatSWD website, you have the opportunity to address unresolved issues regarding the use of FDZ data that you were not able to resolve in an exchange with the responsible contact persons at the FDZ. The contact form as well as details about the responsibility and the procedure can be found on the RatSWD website.