Become a Member of the DDI Alliance

Join over 40 fellow organizations as a member of the DDI Alliance, an international collaboration supporting the creation and development of the DDI specification as an international metadata standard for documenting data.

Membership provides a direct voice in the decision-making process of DDI products and activities. DDI Alliance members are eligible to:

  • Vote on Alliance products, including additions and modifications to specifications.
  • Be elected to Alliance leadership, including the Executive Board and the Scientific Board.
  • Have a seat at annual meetings, including the Annual Meeting of Members and the Annual Meeting of the Scientific Community.
  • Participate on working groups, which develop DDI products and advise DDI leadership.
  • Display the Alliance trademarks on promotional material and publicize participation in the Alliance.
  • Send participants to Alliance-sponsored events at reduced or no cost.
  • Request access to Member-only information.

How to Become a Member of the DDI Alliance

To become a member, complete the following documents and return them to the DDI Secretariat, which is housed at ICPSR at the University of Michigan.

Membership obligations include:

  • Participation in at least one substantive activity of the Alliance, such as an elected position, working group, or committee.
  • Payment of annual dues.
  • Designation of a Designated Member Representative to be the primary contact for communication between your member organization and the DDI Alliance, and who may exercise one vote on your organization's behalf.

See the DDI Bylaws for a full listing of member obligations and benefits.

Annual Dues

The DDI Alliance member fee structure is a tiered pricing structure based on organization size and membership benefits. The basic membership fee for OECD countries is $3,000 USD. Annual dues begin on July 1 and run through June 30.

Organization type/size

Membership

 

Premium

Contributor

OECD*

Country

Non-OECD*

Country

Educational and non-profit organizations

4,500

3,000

1,500

Government organizations

 

 

 

  Employing > 500

7,500

5,000

2,500

  Employing 100-500

6,000

4,000

2,000

  Employing 1-99

4,500

3,000

1,500

For-profit companies including vendors

 

 

 

  Employing 10,000+

30,000

20,000

10,000

  Employing 5,000-9,999

22,500

15,000

7,500

  Employing 500-4999

15,000

10,000

5,000

  Employing 100-499

10,500

7,000

3,500

  Employing 10-99

7,500

5,000

2,500

  Employing < 10

4,500

3,000

1,500

*OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) categories signify a fee structure for organizations established within OECD member countries. Non-OECD country categories are included to encourage a broader, more inclusive membership body of organizations.

Directed Contributions

Organizations desiring to speed the development of DDI may make financial or in-kind contributions in addition to annual membership dues. Development requests are subject to a standard review process.

Associate Membership

While the standard fee-based membership is strongly recommended as the best option for membership, the Alliance also offers an Associate Membership option, which does not require a membership fee but does not carry voting rights. Associate Members appoint member representatives to participate in annual meetings, "with voice, but without vote." Like full members, associate member organizations are expected to engage one or more members of their staff in Alliance activities, including working groups or committees.

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