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Two DDI Workshops to be Held at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany

There will be two workshops with a DDI focus offered at Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, in Wadern, Germany, in September 2011:

 

Semantic Statistics for Social, Behavioural, and Economic Sciences: Leveraging the DDI Model for the Web

September 12-16, 2011

This workshop, to be held at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany, will examine the metadata model of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) used in the Social, Behavioural, and Economic (SBE) sciences, and design an implementation of that model using the Semantic Web standards (RDF, OWL, etc.). Invited participants will represent the user community (data librarians, archivists, researchers, and data producers), DDI experts, and experts in the Semantic Web technologies and standards. The goal of the workshop is to develop a best practice for the publication of microdata and related metadata into the Linked Data Web, which might be put forward as a standard for use with data in this domain for dissemination on the Web.

DDI: Managing Metadata for Longitudinal Data — Best Practices

September 29-23, 2011

This symposium-style workshop, held at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany, will bring together representatives from major longitudinal data collection efforts to share expertise and to explore the use of the DDI metadata standard as a means of managing and structuring longitudinal study documentation. Participants will work collaboratively to create best practices for documenting longitudinal data in its various forms, including panel data and repeated cross-sections.

 

Upcoming DDI Meetings in Vancouver

There will be several DDI-related meetings, sessions, and events at the upcoming IASSIST meeting in Vancouver, May 30-June 3:

  • Expert Committee meeting -- Monday, May 30, 08:30-17:00, in SFU Harbour Centre Boardroom 2200
  • Steering Committee meeting – Tuesday, May 31, 08:30-12:00, in 370 HSBC Executive Meeting Room, Morris Centre
  • DDI Developers meeting – Tuesday, May 31, 08:30-17:00, in 470 Hamber Boardroom, Morris Centre

Note that there are several DDI-related sessions on the IASSIST program as well: http://www.rdl.sfu.ca/IASSIST/index.php/Program/.

EDDI Presentations Now Online

The 2nd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI10) took place at the SURFfoundation in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on December 8-9 with almost 70 people from 13 countries attending. Additionally, courses on DDI and SDMX, and a DDI developers workshop took place prior to EDDI10.

 

The slides of 24 presentations are now on-line at the EDDI10 Web site:

http://www.iza.org/eddi10

http://www.iza.org/conference_files/eddi10/Program_2010-12-04_final3.html

 

As announced at the end of the conference, the host of next year's EDDI will be the Swedish National Data Service (SND) in Gothenburg.

 

Call for Participation in the Second Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting

DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

December 8 - 9, 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Hosted by SURFfoundation

 

EDDI is designed to provide an annual European forum where DDI users from Europe can gather to showcase their work and their progress toward DDI adoption, as well as discuss any questions or challenges they may have about the standard.

 

EDDI10 includes 20 presentations on case studies, interplay of DDI with other standards, software implementations, reports of working groups, and discussion sessions. Peter Wittenburg, Technical Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, will deliver the plenary speech.

 

The program, abstracts, information on the venue and the registration are available on the EDDI website:

http://www.iza.org/eddi10

 

Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 70 persons.

  

Two additional events will take place:

 

1. Half-day course on DDI 3: Putting DDI to Work for You (Wendy Thomas, Minnesota Population Center), morning of December 8.

 

2. A 2.5-day meeting of developers working on DDI implementations will take place prior to EDDI10. Agenda topics will include interoperability, open source tools, promoting DDI tools, sharing experiences, and future collaboration.

  

EDDI 2010 is organized jointly by CentERdata - Institute for Data Collection and Research; DANS - Data Archiving and Networked Services; GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences; IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor; SURF - the collaborative organization for IT innovations in higher education in the Netherlands; and Library and IT Services of Tilburg University.

 

Last year, the successful first EDDI Meeting took place in Bonn

(Germany) with 60 participants from 10 countries attending. The program offering 14 presentations is available at:

http://www.iza.org/eddi09

  

TIC to Meet in Minneapolis

The Technical Implementation Committee (TIC) of the DDI Alliance will meet September 20-24, 2010, in Minneapolis, MN, to work on the next iteration of the DDI 2 and 3 development lines.

Call for Papers for EDDI Meeting in December

Second Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI):
"DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle"
 
Location:                             Utrecht, Netherlands
Date:                                     December 8-9, 2010
Submission Deadline:      September 12, 2010
Program Committee:      Nikos Askitas (IZA), Eric Balster (CentERdata), John Doove (SURF), Rob Grim (Tilburg University), Laurents Sesink (DANS), Joachim Wackerow (chair, GESIS)
Hosted by the SURFfoundation
 
EDDI 2010 is organized jointly by CentERdata – Institute for Data Collection and Research, DANS - Data Archiving and Networked Services, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, IZA - The Institute for the Study of Labor, SURF (the collaborative organization for IT innovations in higher education in the Netherlands), and Library and IT Services of Tilburg University. The meeting will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.
 
We pleased to announce that Peter Wittenburg, Technical Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2010, and that the DDI Alliance will be sponsoring a half-day DDI course on Wednesday, December 8, to be taught by Wendy Thomas, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center.
 
We are seeking presentations, talks, papers, posters on all things DDI:
·         Case studies
·         Mature implementations
·         Early implementations
·         Interplay of DDI with other standards or technologies
·         Projects in early phases in which DDI is under consideration
·         Critiques of DDI
 
We strongly encourage papers in different areas to ensure that a broad balance of topics is covered to attract the greatest breadth of participants, and we encourage conference participants to propose papers and posters that would be of interest to themselves and other attendees.
Last year, the successful first EDDI Meeting took place at IZA in Bonn (Germany) with 60 participants from 10 countries attending. The program offering 14 presentations is available at: http://www.iza.org/eddi09.
 

Submission

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please use the online submission system at IZA. The deadline for submissions is September 12, 2010. Please keep your presentation to 20 minutes or shorter.

Dagstuhl Seminar to Focus on DDI and Longitudinal Data

On October 17-22, there will be an advanced topics seminar held at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany, with a focus on longitudinal data.

This symposium-style workshop will bring together representatives from major longitudinal data collection efforts to share expertise and to explore the use of the DDI metadata standard as a means of managing and structuring longitudinal study documentation. Participants will work collaboratively to create best practices for documenting longitudinal data in its various forms, including panel data and repeated cross-sections.

To inquire about the workshop, send email to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu.

DDI Alliance Welcomes New Members

The DDI Alliance is pleased to welcome three new members into the Alliance:

European DDI Users Meeting to Take Place in the Netherlands

The second annual European Users Group (EDDI) meeting will take place on December 8-9, 2010, in Utrecht in the Netherlands. The previous day, December 8, a half-day of DDI 3 training will be offered.

DDI Training Offered at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany

A training workshop for DDI 3 will take place at the Leibniz Center for Informatics, Schoss Dagstuhl, in Wadern, Germany, on October 25-29, 2010. The title of the workshop is "The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) XML Standard: Using DDI 3 to Support Preservation, Management, Access, and Dissemination Systems for Social Science Data."

The previous week, October 18-22, there will be a special Advanced Workshop focusing on using DDI to document longitudinal data.