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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.

DDI Expert Committee to Meet in Ithaca, NY

The DDI Expert Committee will meet in Ithaca, NY, USA, on Monday, May 31, just before the start of the annual meeting of the International Association for Social Science Information and Service Technology (IASSIST) conference.

Colectica DDI Resolver announced

In Dec. 2009, Colectica announced the availability of the Colectica DDI Resolver.

Danish Data Archive beta-releases DDI Editing Framework

At the European DDI user group meeting in Dec. 2009, the DDI Editing Framework by the Danish Data Archive

First Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting completed

The First Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting was held in Bonn, Germany, from December 3 - 4, 2009.

Call for Participation in the First European DDI Users Group

First Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting

"DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle" -- December 3 - 4, 2009, Bonn, Germany
Hosted by the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA

Workshop: December 3 -- Afternoon

"Course on DDI 3: Putting DDI to Work for You" (Wendy Thomas, University
of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center)

Conference Program

Opening Plenary:

Kevin Schürer, Director of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)
and the UK Data Archive (UKDA):
"Why DDI must succeed and the perils of it not doing so"


- Alerk Amin (CentERdata): "Questasy - Case Study"

- Ingo Barkow (DIPF - Deusches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische
Forschung): "Usage of a DDI structure in the NEPS Data Warehouse"

- Martin Friedrichs (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"The case of CHARMCATS: Use of DDI3 for publishing harmonisation routines"

- Rob Grim (Tilburg University): "The EVS and NKO subject portal for
enhanced publications: Connecting archives and libraries with DDI"

- Matti Heinonen/Mari Kleemola (Finnish Social Science Data Archive):
"Evaluation of DDI3: Marking-up ISSP 2006 Finnish data"

- Jannik Jensen (Danish Data Archive): "Editing DDI"

- Uwe Jensen (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences): "DDI 3
and re-use of metadata in archival processes"

- Uwe Jensen (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"Considerations to support and implement DDI 3 in building the cessda-ERIC"

- Simon Jones/Paul Lambert (University of Stirling): "Metadata Creation,
Transformation and Discovery for Social Science Data Management: The
DAMES Project Infrastructure"

- Meinhard Moschner (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"Controlled vocabularies for DDI3 - a work in progress"

- Marika Puumala (CentERdata): "How to Present an Application Based on
DDI 3 to the World Out There? -Experiences from a project in which we
have built an online survey data dissemination application based on DDI 3"

- Humphrey Southall (University of Portsmouth): "Creating DDI Metadata
for a diverse body of aggregate statistics: Experience with the GB
Historical GIS"

- Karsten Stephan (Higher Education Information System (HIS)): "Using a
DDI 3 Based Single Source Approach to Increase the Efficiency of Social
Science Research Processes"

- Andias Wira-Alam (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"Implementing DDI 3.0 : A case study of the German Microsensus"

- Denis Huschka (German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD)):
"Developments of the Research Data Infrastructure in Germany since the
end of the 90's"

The full program including abstracts and further information are available
http://www.iza.org/eddi09. EDDI 2009 is organized jointly by the Institute
for the Study of Labor (IZA) and GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.
The event is supported by the German Council for Social and Economic Data
(RatSWD). The poster of the event may be found here.

New Member Joins Alliance

The DDI Alliance is pleased to announce that the Research Data Centre of the German Federal Employment Agency, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), has joined the Alliance. Stefan Bender will serve as the representative to the DDI Alliance Expert Committee. We look forward to productive meetings with our new member from Germany.