DDI Training Opportunity Offered

For the past eight years, GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences has organized intensive five-day DDI training workshops at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany. (Dagstuhl is a computer science research center that focuses mainly on a highly acknowledged seminar series.) This year’s training workshop will take place on October 12-16, 2015.

Joachim Wackerow (GESIS) leads the training workshop along with co-trainers Arofan Gregory (Metadata Technology) and Wendy Thomas (Minnesota Population Center). To plan for the workshop, Arofan and Wendy spend the week before the workshop in Mannheim (one of the two GESIS locations) where the three trainers prepare the syllabus and the schedule for the upcoming workshop. This has worked well and has been a successful model.

In an effort to diversify and supplement the pool of qualified DDI trainers and to start to build the next generation of instructors, this year GESIS together with the Dagstuhl trainers is offering a "train the trainer" opportunity, funded by the DDI Alliance. This will enable a new trainer to attend the preparation week in Mannheim and the workshop at Dagstuhl. The goal is that this person could then conduct similar training in the future either alone or with others.

The Alliance will fund the cost of the new trainer's travel, accommodation, and food for two weeks, and will provide a stipend of Euro 1000.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who has an interest in DDI and in training others in its use. This person will need to be available for the full two weeks (Week 1 in Mannheim, October 5-9, and Week 2 at Dagstuhl). 

To apply for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest, a resume or set of qualifications, and a vision for future DDI training to the DDI Alliance Director by June 21, 2015. The trainers -  in consultation with the DDI Alliance Director -  will select a person for the position and he or she will be informed by July 7.