What's New

DDI Moving to Model-Driven Specification

At its annual meeting in June 2012 the DDI Alliance approved the creation of a model-driven specification for DDI with bindings to expressions like XML and RDF. This next-generation specification will will make it easier to interact with other disciplines and other standards, to understand the specification, to develop and maintain it in a consistent and structured way, and to enable software development that is less dependent on specific DDI versions.


To begin work on the model, a workshop was held at Schloss Dastuhl in Wadern, Germany, in October 2012.

EDDI Conference Program Available

European DDI User Conference in Bergen, Norway, on December 3-4

The schedule and a detailed program are now provided at:


Call for Papers -- NADDI DDI User Meeting on April 2-3, 2013, in Lawrence, Kansas

NADDI 2013 call for papers

The first annual North American Data Documentation Initiative User Conference (NADDI2013) will take place on April 2nd and 3rd, with an opening night reception on April 1st, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. NADDI is based on the successful European DDI User Conference (EDDI), now in its fourth year.


We are looking for presentations related to DDI (http://www.ddialliance.org):  the use of DDI in research settings, archives, or in official statistics organizations; papers on DDI tools, or critiques of DDI. Of particular interest are presentations on the use of DDI by research teams.

For details on how to submit a proposal for a presentation, please visit the NADDI2013 web site (http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi)

For more information on the European user conference (EDDI) see: http://www.eddi-conferences.eu.

If you have additional questions about the NADDI conference, please email naddi@ku.edu .

Call for Papers/Tools -- EDDI Meeting in Bergen, Norway, December 3-4, 2012

Call for Papers -- 4th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI12)

DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

Submission Deadline:     October 3, 2012
Place:                                  Bergen, Norway
Date:                                   December 3 - 4, 2012
Hosted by:                         NSD - Norwegian Social Science Data Services


EDDI 2012 is organized jointly by NSD - Norwegian Social Science Data Services, 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 papers and posters that would be of interest to themselves and other attendees.


If you are interested in presenting a paper, please use the online submission system of the conference. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2012. Abstracts should have not more than 200 words. Please keep your presentation to 20 minutes or shorter.

Call for Tools / DDI Tools Award

We invite developers and practitioners to participate in the first DDI Tools Competition and show the world what can be done for visualizing the content of DDI instances. The main goal of the DDI Tools Competition is to develop innovative applications that show DDI-based information to the end-user. Conceivable examples are (but not limited to): generators for smart codebooks in form of PDF or Microsoft Help files, parts of web information systems or portals, and stand-alone applications. The tools should be able to consume DDI Lifecycle (3.1) instances, and should be made available as Free Software (i.e. source code as Open Source). Further details on the competition and on sample instances will be announced on October 8. Please use the online submission system of the conference to submit an abstract on your tool until October 3, 2012. The deadline for submissions of the final program code is November 17, 2012.

Keynote Speech

We are very delighted that Svein Nordbotten will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2012. Svein Nordbotten is professor emeritus (information science) at the University of Bergen and heading the research enterprise Svein Nordbotten & Associates. More about Svein and his publications can be found on his homepage.

Previous Meetings

Last year, the 3rd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI11) took place at SND - Swedish National Data Service in Gothenburg, Sweden with 80 people from 17 countries and 3 international organizations in attendance (100 people in all including side meetings). The program offering 24 presentations is available at the EDDI11 website.

The 2nd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI10) took place at SURFfoundation in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2010 with almost 70 people from 13 countries attending. The program offering 24 presentations is available at the EDDI10 web site.

The 1st Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI09) took place in 2009 at IZA in Bonn, Germany with 60 participants from 10 countries attending. The program offering 14 presentations is available at the EDDI09 web site.

General Information

For more information about the conference, see the conference web site at: http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/eddi12.

For questions or any other correspondence regarding the EDDI12, please send an email to eddi12@iza.org.

Dagstuhl Workshop on "DDI Lifecyle: Moving Forward" to Take Place

This workshop will take place on October 22-16, 2012, at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany:


The workshop will provide a forum for interested participants with both a substantive and technical focus to contribute to a re-envisioned model-driven DDI specification. Deliverables from the workshop will include drafts of the model and its documentation, which will then be made available for public review, and mappings to other standards.

Dagstuhl Workshop on "DDI and Semantic Statistics" to Take Place

The second workshop on this topic will take place on October 15-19, 2012, at Schoss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany:


This workshop will examine the DDI metadata model used in the Social, Behavioural, and Economic (SBE) sciences, and design an implementation of that model using the Semantic Web standards (RDF, OWL, etc.). Invited participants will represent the user community (data librarians, archivists, researchers, data producers), DDI experts, and experts in the Semantic Web technologies and standards. The goal of the workshop is to develop a best practice for the publication of microdata into the Linked Data Web, which might be put forward as a standard for use with data in this domain for dissemination on the Web.

DDI Training to be Offered: Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) for the Data Librarian

A two-day workshop for data librarians and archivists involved in data management and researcher support will be held:

Monday, November 12–Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Perry-Castañeda Library
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Workshop Fee: $150


For more information, see: http://blogs.lib.utexas.edu/dmatut/2012/06/25/data-documentation-initiat...

DDI Tools Catalog Now Available

The DDI Tools Catalog Working Group has deployed a new catalog that documents DDI tools – see http://www.ddialliance.org/resources/tools. The catalog enables users to filter on operating system, DDI version, availability, purpose, license, and name.

 The group has also developed a tutorial that demonstrates how to submit a description of a new tool --  http://www.ddialliance.org/how-to-submit-tool.

DDI Expert Committee to Meet in Washington, DC, on June 4

The Expert Committee of the DDI Alliance will hold its annual meeting on Monday, June 4, in Washington, DC, just before the start of the IASSIST conference.

DDI Alliance Web Site Down for Maintenance on April 10

The DDI Alliance Web site will be offline for scheduled maintenance from 10am - 10:30am (EDT) on April 10th, 2012.