The first version of the SOEPcompanion (formerly Desktop Companion) was published as a PDF document by John P. Haisken-DeNew and Joachim R. Frick in September 1996. It was originally intended to give novice users a broad introduction in understanding the SOEP, its structure, depth, and research potential. The Desktop Companion was updated several times between 1996 and 2005. The first major change came in 2014, when Jan Goebel and Mathis Schröder decided to shorten the Desktop Companion to its most important content and make it web-based.
The new, completely edited version of the SOEPcompanion (formerly Desktop Companion) has a strong focus on the use of the SOEP-Core data from the perspective of a data user who has received our most recent data release from the SOEP Research Data Center. This new version is not only a web-based documentation, we also offer it as a download.
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