DDI member representatives voted in late February and early March 2023 to elect one member to the DDI Executive Board. Twenty-one of the 28 voting eligible DDI member representatives participated in the election. According to the Alliance Bylaws, the election is decided on the basis of those candidates getting the most votes.
The election results (number of votes are indicated in parentheses):
- Jon Johnson (17 designated member representatives voted for Jon; 1 representative marked "Other" without specifying a candidate; 1 representative marked "I do not wish to vote"; 2 representatives opened but did not complete the online election ballot)
The Executive Board is composed of seven voting members: six elected by the Designated Member representatives and one member appointed by the Host Institution. Members serve for a term of four years. The Executive Director serves as an ex officio member, without vote. The Executive Board is the policymaking and oversight body of the Alliance.
I want to thank Jon for accepting the nomination and for his willingness to serve on the Board. Jon's biosketch and position statement are listed below.
Executive Director, DDI Alliance
ICPSR, University of Michigan
Jon Johnson is currently Technical Lead at CLOSER, which has been documenting UK longitudinal studies using DDI-Lifecycle for the last 10 years. He has previously worked at the UK Data Archive as part of a project managing smart energy data which used an early iteration of DDI-CDI. Jon is currently exploring ways in which AI and machine learning can be used to enhance and improve the use of metadata in the data lifecycle.
Jon has been active on the DDI Technical Committee since 2013 and has served as its Vice-Chair since 2016. He is also co-chair of the annual European DDI (EDDI) conference, a position he has held from 2017. Jon has a background in survey data management and as a developer in banking and insurance.
I have been involved with the DDI Alliance and the wider DDI community in a number of roles over the last decade. I believe that this has given me a good understanding, not only of the challenges of developing, delivering and supporting standards, and the probably more difficult challenge of encouraging an ecosystem that allows them to be used and flourish. I am standing for the Executive Board as I believe that I can contribute to ensuring that the Executive plays a central role in putting in place a clear strategic vision for the long term health of the products, its associated training, promotion and marketing and prioritizing financially to make that happen.