What's New

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"

Presentations


- 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
at:
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.

DDI Alliance Welcomes New Members

The DDI Alliance is pleased to announce that two new members have recently come on board:

 

·         Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA), with Dr. Steven McEachern as the Expert Committee representative

·         University of Toronto Scholars Portal, with Leanne Hindmarch as the Expert Committee representative

 

We look forward to working with these new members.

The Data Documentation Initiative [DDI] XML Standard : Workshop on Implementation of DDI3 - Advanced Topics

November 2-6, 2009
GESIS Workshop at the Leibniz Center for Informatics
Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany

Facilitators:
Arofan Gregory (Open Data Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Wendy L. Thomas (Minnesota Population Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany)
Mary Vardigan (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, USA)

Goals

The goal of this symposium-style workshop is to produce a detailed use case literature covering the technical aspects of DDI3 implementation. Some selected exploratory topics like interoperability with other domains and technologies will also be examined.

Description of the Workshop

Implementations and planned implementations will be presented by a number of attendees and discussed by other presenters and invited experts. This workshop provides an opportunity to share experiences with other advanced implementers of DDI3 and experts in the DDI3 technical specification, obtain a real time peer review and create the beginnings of a strong use case literature for DDI3 implementations. The hosts and participants in the workshop are expected to look critically at the use cases presented and provide any input that is appropriate.

Expected Results

Use cases discussed at the workshop will be written up and published in the new DDI Alliance On-line Working Paper Series.

Contact

The names of interested organizations and individuals should be sent to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu. Please provide contact information, area of interest, and area of expertise for each individual, information regarding DDI 3 implementation, and a statement of what each individual can contribute to the workshop. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu

More information

Call for Papers for 1st Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting

1st Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting:
"DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle"

Place: IDSC of IZA, Bonn, Germany
Date: December 4, 2009
Submission Deadline: Extended to October 22, 2009

Organizers:
Nikos Askitas (IZA), Joachim Wackerow (GESIS), Georgios Tassoukis (IZA)

Hosted by the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA.

EDDI 2009 is organized jointly by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

The inaugural 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 are very delighted that Kevin Schürer, Director of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) and the UK Data Archive (UKDA), will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2009 (Title: Why DDI must succeed and the perils of it not doing so), and that the DDI Alliance will be sponsoring a half day DDI course on Thursday December 3 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 which will 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.

Submission

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please use the online submission system at IZA. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2009. Please keep your presentation to 20 minutes or shorter.

There will be a subsidized rate for registration of 35 EUR per person. The fee is applicable to everyone taking part or contributing to the conference.

Further information is available at:
http://www.iza.org/eddi09

The poster of the event may be found here:
www.ddialliance.org/sites/default/files/ddi-europe-2009.pdf

DDI 3 Workshop to be Held in October in Germany

Using DDI 3 to Support Preservation, Management, Access, and Dissemination Systems for Social Science Data

October 26-30, 2009
GESIS Workshop at the Leibniz Center for Informatics
Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany

Course Instructors:
Arofan Gregory (Open Data Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Wendy L. Thomas (Minnesota Population Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany)

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) has produced an international XML standard for the use of lifecycle information about social science research data. Version 3.0 was published in April 2008. DDI facilitates the automation of documentation and production systems for the delivery of social science data. This workshop is geared toward the staff of archives and data producing agencies. The five-day structure of this workshop provides the participants with an opportunity for in-depth assistance on the specialized features of DDI that are important to their organization's activities.

New features in DDI 3 support

  • metadata capture from planning and production to dissemination and analysis
  • reuse of metadata to drive subsequent production or analysis processes
  • ISO 11179 compliant data registries such as question, variable, and concept banks
  • grouping of study series for longitudinal and comparative research
  • capturing comparative information for the creation of harmonized data
  • improved capture of archival information for data organization and management

The workshop provides the opportunity to get an in-depth look at this major new release of DDI. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the DDI Alliance. Further information on DDI can be found below.

Intended audience: anyone interested in DDI, no prior knowledge of DDI or XML is required.