Seeking DDI Executive Board nominations

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.



Jared Lyle
Executive Director, DDI Alliance
ICPSR, University of Michigan

New DDI Slack Collaborative Workspace

The DDI Alliance has a new collaborative workspace on Slack ( 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 ( and be accepted before access is granted.

View our Community Guidelines and How-to instructions to help you set up and use your account.  

DDI Webinar for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Community

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:

New DDI Alliance Privacy Policy

The DDI Alliance recognizes and values the privacy of its community members and guests.  Accordingly, the Executive Board has approved a new Privacy Policy to provide specific information on how the Alliance collects and processes personal information. 

A link to the new policy is found on the DDI Alliance web site footer, as well as under the About menu.  More details:

DDI Product Suite Logos

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 ( to highlight and describe the different products offered by the DDI Alliance.

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 ( We hope the community will embrace the new logos and use the information on this page to promote the DDI product suite.

2021 DDI Annual Meetings

Dear DDI community,
Each year, the DDI Alliance hosts annual meetings to discuss Alliance business, learn about activities, and provide feedback on priorities for the coming year.  This year, we will host two separate virtual meetings in June, which are described below.  We invite anyone who is interested in DDI activities to attend these virtual meetings.   
DDI Alliance Annual Meeting of the Scientific Community
June 15, 2021 (Tuesday) 13:00-15:00 UTC

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 944 3720 7068
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The Meeting of the Scientific Community will discuss DDI technical and scientific developments, including a Scientific Work Plan for the coming year.  The recently reorganized Scientific Board will convene the annual meeting.
DDI Alliance Annual Meeting of Members
June 22, 2021 (Tuesday) 13:00-15:00 UTC
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 980 2585 9815
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The Meeting of Members is a forum for Member Organization discussion and feedback, as well as planning for the upcoming fiscal year.  The annual Meeting of Members is chaired by the Chair of the DDI Executive Board.
Agendas with summary reports will be distributed the month before the respective meetings.  Past annual meeting materials are available on the DDI web site:  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.  Looking forward to seeing many of you (virtually) in June!  

Jared Lyle
Executive Director, DDI Alliance
ICPSR, University of Michigan

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DDI Alliance Panelists at the Government of Canada Data Conference 2021

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.

Scientific Board meetings + leadership

The first meeting of the newly elected Scientific Board was held on 3 February 2021.  Ingo Barkow, University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, was selected as the Chair of the Scientific Board, with Hilde Orten, Norwegian Centre for Research Data, selected as the Vice-Chair.

More details about the Board, including a link to the meeting minutes, is here:


DDI Alliance Accomplishments in 2020

As we enter 2021, we want to acknowledge the many DDI accomplishments in 2020 made possible by our passionate community volunteers and our 40+ member organizations.  Achievements include:

DDI Lifecycle 3.3 public release. The result of six years of work addressing new requirements filed by the DDI community, DDI Lifecycle 3.3 offers better coverage for research and data management including non-survey data collection, sampling, and classification management. 

New DDI product: SDTL. The Alliance membership approved an addition to the DDI product suite called Structured Data Transformation Language (SDTL). Designed as another tool to facilitate a DDI-based workflow through the research data lifecycle, SDTL provides machine-actionable descriptions of variable-level data transformation histories derived from any data transformation language (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, etc.).  The same scripts that are used to transform and manage variables and data files can be used to update metadata files, thereby increasing efficiency in the research process and reducing information loss.

DDI-CDI public review. The Alliance announced the public review of a new specification called DDI – Cross Domain Integration (DDI-CDI). DDI-CDI is a model-driven specification that is designed to provide support for integrating data across domain and disciplinary boundaries, describing disparate data sources, and documenting their provenance. DDI-CDI is technology-agnostic and adaptable to any platform or representation, designed to meet emerging needs for the integration of old and new forms of research data. The development of DDI-CDI also spurred new partnerships with open science organizations like CODATA.

International standards. The DDI Alliance is now a category A liaison to ISO/TC46/SC 4, This moves DDI-Codebook and DDI-Lifecycle closer to being recognized as official International Standards Organizations (ISO) standards. DDI work products are now also catalogued in FAIRsharing, a curated resource on data and metadata standards dedicated to making research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible. 

Organizational updates. The Alliance Bylaws were updated to reorganize the Scientific Board and a new Scientific Board was elected.  These changes will improve the management and direction of the Alliance’s scientific and technical work activities.   The Training Group was refreshed with new co-chairs and many new members.  Finally, the Alliance website was reorganized to improve navigation and increase its usefulness for novices and experts alike, assigning responsibility for content to specific working groups. 

As we start a new year, we look forward to building on these accomplishments and connecting with many of you on Alliance activities and at meetings in the coming year.

DDI Scientific Board Election Results

The DDI Scientific Board election closed yesterday.  The election was decided on the basis of those candidates receiving the most votes.  We had 13 very qualified candidates, who were described in an earlier announcement:  Twenty-four member organizations voted in this election.
The top seven candidates who received the most votes have been elected to the Scientific Board.  The candidates (and vote counts):
  • Ingo Barkow (19)
  • Carsten Thiel (18)
  • Darren Bell (17)
  • Flavio Rizzolo (16)
  • Simon Hodson (15)
  • Hilde Orten (15)
  • Joachim Wackerow (15)
  • Trisha Kunst Martinez (11)
  • Larry Hoyle (9)
  • Knut Wenzig (9)
  • Christophe Dzikowski (7)
  • Dan Gillman (6)
  • Nicolas Sauger (6)
Our sincere thanks to all thirteen candidates for their willingness to serve.  We look forward to the elected Scientific Board members' terms starting in January 2021!

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