Why Use DDI?

Not sure if DDI is right for your organization? Read on to learn about its advantages for many different audiences including librarians, managers, repositories, researchers and developers.

Getting Started with DDI

You have identified DDI as a good standard for the task you want to accomplish, so that’s great. Now you need to move forward in using the standard. We provide some common use cases and tasks that DDI can support. Each task has a description, a set of related resources, and recommended tools to accomplish the task. If some of this language is unfamiliar to you, please see the DDI Glossary for definitions. It is assumed here that you've had some experience with XML; if not, consult our FAQ.

Training Library

We provide a growing collection of training materials for DDI and related topics. Content is geared primarily towards introducing folks to DDI.


Upcoming workshops for learning DDI.

Relationship to Other Standards

In constructing DDI special care was taken to review related standards as well as previous versions of DDI in order to provide clear mapping to the contents of outside standards or to incorporate content where appropriate. Over 25 standards were evaluated.