Call for Papers/Tools -- EDDI Meeting in Bergen, Norway, December 3-4, 2012

Call for Papers -- 4th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI12)

DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

Submission Deadline:     October 3, 2012
Place:                                  Bergen, Norway
Date:                                   December 3 - 4, 2012
Hosted by:                         NSD - Norwegian Social Science Data Services


EDDI 2012 is organized jointly by NSD - Norwegian Social Science Data Services, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

The meeting will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe and the world. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.

Call for Papers

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.


If you are interested in presenting a paper, please use the online submission system of the conference. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2012. Abstracts should have not more than 200 words. Please keep your presentation to 20 minutes or shorter.

Call for Tools / DDI Tools Award

We invite developers and practitioners to participate in the first DDI Tools Competition and show the world what can be done for visualizing the content of DDI instances. The main goal of the DDI Tools Competition is to develop innovative applications that show DDI-based information to the end-user. Conceivable examples are (but not limited to): generators for smart codebooks in form of PDF or Microsoft Help files, parts of web information systems or portals, and stand-alone applications. The tools should be able to consume DDI Lifecycle (3.1) instances, and should be made available as Free Software (i.e. source code as Open Source). Further details on the competition and on sample instances will be announced on October 8. Please use the online submission system of the conference to submit an abstract on your tool until October 3, 2012. The deadline for submissions of the final program code is November 17, 2012.

Keynote Speech

We are very delighted that Svein Nordbotten will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2012. Svein Nordbotten is professor emeritus (information science) at the University of Bergen and heading the research enterprise Svein Nordbotten & Associates. More about Svein and his publications can be found on his homepage.

Previous Meetings

Last year, the 3rd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI11) took place at SND - Swedish National Data Service in Gothenburg, Sweden with 80 people from 17 countries and 3 international organizations in attendance (100 people in all including side meetings). The program offering 24 presentations is available at the EDDI11 website.

The 2nd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI10) took place at SURFfoundation in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2010 with almost 70 people from 13 countries attending. The program offering 24 presentations is available at the EDDI10 web site.

The 1st Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI09) took place in 2009 at IZA in Bonn, Germany with 60 participants from 10 countries attending. The program offering 14 presentations is available at the EDDI09 web site.

General Information

For more information about the conference, see the conference web site at:

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