Each year, the DDI Executive Board considers funding requests to support Alliance activities. Any member may submit a funding request for the Executive Board to consider. If you have a funding request for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2022, July 2021 through June 2022), please email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 24th, 2021.
The Alliance's membership dues are used to fund these requests. The budget for the current 2021 fiscal year was finalized in June 2020 and is described in the Executive Board minutes: https://ddialliance.org/sites/
Executive Director, DDI Alliance
The DDI Alliance Training Group and CODATA are pleased to announce the first webinar in a new series introducing the metadata standard products of the DDI Alliance from different perspectives. "Introduction to Metadata for Research Data Management: A Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Perspective" will be held Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 2-3.30am UTC.
This workshop introduces the definition and use of metadata in modern research data management. Metadata is a critical ingredient in applying the FAIR principles, but it is not necessarily easy to understand. The presentation will cover the definition of metadata and the ways in which it can be used in systems and will briefly introduce the DDI specifications which embody these perspectives and understandings.
The DDI Alliance has for many years provided popular standards and specifications for modeling metadata and using it in data management ad dissemination in the social, behavioural, economic, and health sciences, and in official statistics. Many of their approaches will apply in other domains as well. Metadata for RDM purposes can be a complex topic - this workshop will introduce a way of understanding and addressing that complexity effectively in systems aimed at FAIR data sharing.
Registration and further details: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/656847561327953932
Dear DDI community:
This is an election year for the DDI Executive Board. Four board seats are up for election (terms are four years). According to the Alliance Bylaws: "In election years, nominations for At-Large members will be solicited in April and a slate will be prepared by the Executive Director for discussion at the annual meeting with the election occurring in June. In the event that there are more candidates than positions, the election will be decided on the basis of those candidates getting the most votes."
The responsibilities of the Executive Board include: setting overall policy and budget for the Alliance, providing strategic guidance and review of the Alliance’s activities, and overseeing the management of the financial affairs of the Alliance on behalf of the Members.
I invite anyone interested in serving on or nominating another person to the Executive Board to email me directly with the nomination. The Alliance is committed to inclusive representation and encourages a wide and diverse pool of nominations.
Executive Director, DDI Alliance
ICPSR, University of Michigan
The DDI Alliance has a new collaborative workspace on Slack (https://ddialliance.slack.com) that is free to members who would like to join. We encourage you to opt-in for participant-directed conversations about DDI Alliance products, training, conferences, resources, and related topics. The DDI Alliance Slack is free and open to the public, but participants must complete the application form (https://myumi.ch/NxbDy) and be accepted before access is granted.
The DDI Alliance has been invited to present a Webinar introducing the DDI metadata standard and products to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative community. The Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, at 14:00 UTC.
This Webinar will be hosted by ASIS&T. Registration for DCMI webinars is currently free, but you will need to use the discount code 'dcmi25' when you register.
More details, including how to register: https://www.dublincore.org/news/2021/02-18-webinar-introduction-to-ddi/
A link to the new policy is found on the DDI Alliance web site footer, as well as under the About menu. More details: https://ddialliance.org/privacy-policy.
Over the past few years, the DDI Alliance has developed and adopted a broad product line, including Codebook, Lifecycle, Controlled Vocabularies, XKOS, and most recently the Structured Data Transformation Language. The term “DDI” no longer refers to a single metadata standard or schema, but has evolved to refer to a suite of different data management tools. This evolution is being reflected in the ongoing reorganization of the DDI Alliance website (https://ddialliance.org/
The DDI Marketing and Partnerships Group, in collaboration with the DDI Training Group, has developed a series of new product logos to differentiate the components of the DDI product suite (https://ddialliance.org/
June 15, 2021 (Tuesday) 13:00-15:00 UTC
Meeting ID: 980 2585 9815
Find your local number: https://umich.zoom.us/u/
Members of the DDI Alliance will be participating in the "Standards in Action: Emergence of Data Standards to Drive Business Outcomes" session of the Government of Canada Data Conference 2021 (19 Feb at 14:00 EST). Cory Chobanik, from Statistics Canada, is organizing and moderating the session. Dan Gillman, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a panelist. The panel will explore the value and how to boost the adoption of common data standards across government.
For program and registration details, visit the conference web page.