Austrian Micro Data Center

A new contact point for micro data

Since July 1st 2022, scientists from Austrian research institutions can apply for (fee-based) access to microdata from Statistics Austria. The new contact point is the Austrian Micro Data Center.

The available micro data sets can be found in the AMDC catalogue. The use of anonymised data is restricted to scientific purposes. After a successful application, scientists receive secure online access (remote access).


Procedure for requesting access to microdata for research projects

1. The University of Vienna is an accredited institution at the AMDC. Researchers employed at the University of Vienna can submit applications to obtain access to data for their research projects.

  • For the application, Statistics Austria requires proof of a valid employment status with the University of Vienna.

2. For research projects every participant has to sign technical-organisational measures (TOMs resp. this Secrecy Form)

  • The respective faculty is responsible for checking compliance with the TOMs and the feasibility of the research project on university premises.
    • The TOMs are to be signed by the respective dean's office and all scientists involved.
    • For confirmation of compliance with the technical organisational measures (TOMs) regarding premises, contact the respective responsible deanery or center offices.
  • The Vienna University Computer Center (ZID) is responsible for the technical set-up of the equipment.

3. If the research project is accepted by Statistics Austria, the latter will prepare an offer, which will be approved in accordance with the university's signature regulations (<100.000 by the Dean or >100.000 by the Rectorate). Please note that all application requirements must be fulfilled and that the preparation of the written offer including cost calculation by Statistics Austria takes up to one month. 

4. A contract is drawn up on the basis of the offer accepted by the university and Statistics Austria. This contract has to be approved again according to the signature regulations of the University of Vienna.

5. Each project member receives (fee-based) access via a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with the software VMware Horizon Client. In addition, the access is secured by a two-factor authentication.

If several institutions are involved in a research project, all institutions must be accredited and the lead institution applies for data access. When applying, additional scientists from other institutions can then be activated by the lead organisation.

Informationen, documents and registration

Contact points

Legal basis

§17 (3 and 4), §31 (8 Z 10, 9 and 13) Federal Statistics Law Act

§38b Austrian Research Organisation Act (FOG)

Official secrecy according to § 310 of the criminal code (StGB)