Part of the service infrastructure of the German Microdata Lab, MISSY is an online service platform that provides structured metadata for official statistics. It contains metadata at the study and variable level, as well as reports and tools for data handling and analysis.
Coverage includes the output-harmonised European surveys, such as EU-SILC or EU-LFS, which are conducted under varying circumstances in the different countries of the European Union. As this data is not primarily collected for scientific purposes, the documentation does not conform to established social science standards. MISSY closes this gap in documentation by providing a central source of structured documentation. This reduces the individual effort in data exploration and preparation as metadata, tool and links to the original documentation materials are accessible.
MISSY supports researches on different levels throughout the research process in all phases of their project:
- finding data: answering the questions whether a series documented in MISSY is suitable to answer a certain research question;
- getting data: gathering information regarding regulations, restrictions and contact information to apply for data access;
- preparing data: providing syntax files to import the data into statistical software;
- understanding data: providing information about question wording, comparability over time, comparability over space, etc.
For EU-LFS microdata users, MISSY offers SPSS- and STATA routines, which transfer the EU-LFS 1999-2016 ad hoc csv-files to SPSS/Stata data files. You can find the latest update on the Gesis website.