The first version of the SOEPcompanion (former 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. Since then several updates of the document have been done until 2005. The first major change came in 2014, when Jan Goebel and Mathis Schröder decided to shorten the DTC to its most important content and make it web-based.
The new, completely edited version of the SOEPcompanion (former Desktop Companion) has a strong focus on the use of the SOEP-Core data from the perspective of a data user who was provided by the SOEP-Research Data Center with the most recent edition of our data release. This new version is not only a web-based documentation, we also offer it as a download.
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