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March 28, 2014

Dear Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) user community,

We have three announcements that we want to share with you:

The first is that the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences has included the datasets from CSES Modules 1, 2, and 3 into ZACAT, their data portal and online analysis tool. To use the online analysis tool, visit the Data Center on the CSES website. Within the page for each Module in the Data Center, there is a grey box with a link labeled “Analyze Online” which will take you to the ZACAT website. When you arrive at the ZACAT website, select the Module you wish to analyze from the box to the left, and then use the grey bar at the top of the page to manipulate the data.

Second, we are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen Quinlan has joined GESIS in Mannheim, Germany as a Senior Researcher and co-manager of CSES operations. Steve received his PhD in Political Science from the School of Politics and International Relations and Geary Institute at the University College Dublin. He joins CSES after having most recently served as an Associate Research Fellow at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Steve’s research interests include methods, electoral politics, and comparative politics. He has strong knowledge of and formal training in electoral systems and institutions, experience with survey data, and he has used CSES in his own research.

Steve assumes the position previously held by Jessica Fortin, who is now a Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Salzburg in Austria. We’d like to thank Jessica and express our gratitude for her many significant contributions to the CSES project!

Third is that thanks to GESIS, CSES now has a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) assigned to each CSES dataset product. A DOI is a method of citation which is becoming commonly used to uniquely identify scholarly materials, datasets, and publications. The DOI for each dataset can be found on the page for each Module in the Data Center on the CSES website.

Thank you for your support of the CSES project, and have a good weekend,
David Howell
Director of Studies, CSES