What's New

Date Set for 2014 DDI Alliance Meeting of Members

The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, June 2, 2014, before the IASSIST conference, which will be held on June 3-6, 2014.

Second North American DDI User Conference to Take Place in Vancouver

The second annual North American DDI User Conference will take place at the Harbour Centre in Vancouver, Canada, on April 1-2, 2014, with workshops taking place the day before on March 31. Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and University of Alberta are co-hosts for the event. The program and Web site are currently being developed. If you would like to participate, please send email to Larry Hoyle

Alliance Elects First Executive Board

The Alliance is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the Executive Board, the oversight body that is replacing the former Steering Committee.  Executive Board members include: 

  • Mari Kleemola, Finnish Social Science Data Service
  • Steve McEachern, Australian Data Archive
  • Ron Nakao, Stanford University
  • Gillian Nicoll, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Anita Rocha, University of Washington, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology
  • Leanne Trimble, University of Toronto Scholars Portal
  • George Alter, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (representing ICPSR as the Host Institution)

 The Executive Board is charged with setting Alliance policy and budget and providing strategic advice and guidance. 

GESIS Workshop to Provide DDI Training

A week-long DDI training workshop on the topic "“Facilitating Process and Metadata-Driven Automation in the Social, Economic, and Behavioural Sciences with the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)” will be held at Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, on October 21-25, 2013. More information is available at: <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20131601374000/http://www.gesis.org/en/event...">http://www.gesis.org/en/events/gesis-workshops/ddi-2013/</a>.

Call for Papers Announced -- EDDI Conference in Paris, December 3-4, 2013


5th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI13)

DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

Submission Deadline:  September 22, 2013

Place:                Paris, France

Date:                 December 3 - 4, 201

Hosted by:            Réseau Quetelet - French Data Archives for Social Sciences

EDDI 2013 is organized jointly by Réseau Quetelet - French Data Archives for Social Sciences, 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 presentations, papers, and posters that would be of interest to themselves and other attendees.

The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Infrastructure for Data Collection, Research, and Archiving
Reusing and Sharing Metadata
DwB - Data without Boundaries
DASISH - Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities
Official Statistics
Software / Tools


Proposals are welcome for:

Regular presentations
Full papers
Complete sessions
Plenary presentations
Tutorials and workshops
Posters and software demonstrations

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please use the online submission system of the conference. The deadline for submissions is September 22, 2013. Please have a look at the Call for Paper page for further details.

General Information

For more information about the conference, see the conference web site at http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/eddi13.

For questions or any other correspondence regarding the EDDI13, please send an email to eddi2013@googlegroups.com.

For more information about the EDDI conference series and details on the previous EDDI conferences, look at http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/.

EDDI 2013 Date and Location Announced

The fifth European DDI Users Meeting (EDDI) will be hosted by Reseau Quetelet in Paris on December 3-4, 2013.

DDI Lifecycle 3.2 Public Review Period Extended

DDI Lifecycle 3.2 is now available at:
The period for Public Review and commenting has been extended till Friday, March 29, 2013.

NADDI 2013 Program Now Available

The program for the first annual North American Data Documentation Initiative (NADDI) Conference is now available at: http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/program.shtml
The NADDI Conference will take place on April 2 and 3 in Lawrence, Kansas and registration is now open. http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/registration.shtml.  Please register by March 5, 2013. A reduced registration rate is available for a limited number of graduate students.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jay Greenfield http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/JayGreenfield.shtml of Booz Allen Hamilton where he is the semantic architect for a DDI Lifecycle based metadata system that supports the National Children's Study (NCS).
DDI is an international data standard for the observation and measurement of human activity. Although primarily used by quantitative social scientists, an increasing number of scientists in other disciplines are embracing DDI to document and manage their data and metadata. More information about DDI is available at: http://www.ddialliance.org/
The conference will be informative, interesting, and educational. There will be presentations on the use of DDI in research programs and data repositories, developments with DDI and demonstrations of new DDI tools. The NADDI Conference is an opportunity for those using DDI and those interested in learning more about it to come together and learn from each other. Patterned after the successful European DDI conference (EDDI), the conference will of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines.
Following the conference, on April 4, 2013, there will be a full day of training on the use of DDI. More information about the training is available at: http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/training.shtml
Major funding for the conference has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. More information about the foundation is available here: http://www.sloan.org/ .
The conference is hosted and sponsored by the Institute for Policy & Social Research (http://www.ipsr.ku.edu ),  KU Libraries (http://lib.ku.edu/), the DDI Alliance (http://www.ddialliance.org/).

DDI Lifecycle 3.2 Available for Public Review

DDI Lifecycle 3.2 is now available for public review at:


On this page you will find links to a change file detailing what has changed since DDI 3.1; the full specification download package; linked field-level documentation; and other files.

The public review period will close at the end of business on Friday, March 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Implementation Committee.

DDI Qualitative Working Group Meeting Held in Bergen

Following the working group meeting in Gothenburg in December 2011, a small group has been formed to work on defining a robust model for describing qualitative data, from data collection to archiving to re-use, convened by Arofan Gregory and Louise Corti.  At the Bergen meeting, held prior to EDDI12 meeting, progress was made to create a representative model, depicted by three class view diagrams (thanks to Larry Hoylel for his tireless work on this) plus detailed definitions of objects and their properties and relationships. The model and definitions will be available for external review in late January, so do watch this space.