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TIC to Meet in Minneapolis

The Technical Implementation Committee (TIC) of the DDI Alliance will meet September 20-24, 2010, in Minneapolis, MN, to work on the next iteration of the DDI 2 and 3 development lines.

Call for Papers for EDDI Meeting in December

Second Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI):
"DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle"
Location:                             Utrecht, Netherlands
Date:                                     December 8-9, 2010
Submission Deadline:      September 12, 2010
Program Committee:      Nikos Askitas (IZA), Eric Balster (CentERdata), John Doove (SURF), Rob Grim (Tilburg University), Laurents Sesink (DANS), Joachim Wackerow (chair, GESIS)
Hosted by the SURFfoundation
EDDI 2010 is organized jointly by CentERdata – Institute for Data Collection and Research, DANS - Data Archiving and Networked Services, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, IZA - The Institute for the Study of Labor, SURF (the collaborative organization for IT innovations in higher education in the Netherlands), and Library and IT Services of Tilburg University. The meeting will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.
We pleased to announce that Peter Wittenburg, Technical Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2010, and that the DDI Alliance will be sponsoring a half-day DDI course on Wednesday, December 8, to be taught by Wendy Thomas, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center.
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 to 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.
Last year, the successful first EDDI Meeting took place at IZA in Bonn (Germany) with 60 participants from 10 countries attending. The program offering 14 presentations is available at: http://www.iza.org/eddi09.


If you are interested in presenting a paper, please use the online submission system at IZA. The deadline for submissions is September 12, 2010. Please keep your presentation to 20 minutes or shorter.

Dagstuhl Seminar to Focus on DDI and Longitudinal Data

On October 17-22, there will be an advanced topics seminar held at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany, with a focus on longitudinal data.

This symposium-style workshop will bring together representatives from major longitudinal data collection efforts to share expertise and to explore the use of the DDI metadata standard as a means of managing and structuring longitudinal study documentation. Participants will work collaboratively to create best practices for documenting longitudinal data in its various forms, including panel data and repeated cross-sections.

To inquire about the workshop, send email to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu.

DDI Alliance Welcomes New Members

The DDI Alliance is pleased to welcome three new members into the Alliance:

European DDI Users Meeting to Take Place in the Netherlands

The second annual European Users Group (EDDI) meeting will take place on December 8-9, 2010, in Utrecht in the Netherlands. The previous day, December 8, a half-day of DDI 3 training will be offered.

DDI Training Offered at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany

A training workshop for DDI 3 will take place at the Leibniz Center for Informatics, Schoss Dagstuhl, in Wadern, Germany, on October 25-29, 2010. The title of the workshop is "The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) XML Standard: Using DDI 3 to Support Preservation, Management, Access, and Dissemination Systems for Social Science Data."

The previous week, October 18-22, there will be a special Advanced Workshop focusing on using DDI to document longitudinal data.

DDI Expert Committee to Meet in Ithaca, NY

The DDI Expert Committee will meet in Ithaca, NY, USA, on Monday, May 31, just before the start of the annual meeting of the International Association for Social Science Information and Service Technology (IASSIST) conference.

Colectica DDI Resolver announced

In Dec. 2009, Colectica announced the availability of the Colectica DDI Resolver.

First Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting completed

The First Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting was held in Bonn, Germany, from December 3 - 4, 2009.

Call for Participation in the First European DDI Users Group

First Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting

"DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle" -- December 3 - 4, 2009, Bonn, Germany
Hosted by the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA

Workshop: December 3 -- Afternoon

"Course on DDI 3: Putting DDI to Work for You" (Wendy Thomas, University
of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center)

Conference Program

Opening Plenary:

Kevin Schürer, Director of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)
and the UK Data Archive (UKDA):
"Why DDI must succeed and the perils of it not doing so"


- Alerk Amin (CentERdata): "Questasy - Case Study"

- Ingo Barkow (DIPF - Deusches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische
Forschung): "Usage of a DDI structure in the NEPS Data Warehouse"

- Martin Friedrichs (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"The case of CHARMCATS: Use of DDI3 for publishing harmonisation routines"

- Rob Grim (Tilburg University): "The EVS and NKO subject portal for
enhanced publications: Connecting archives and libraries with DDI"

- Matti Heinonen/Mari Kleemola (Finnish Social Science Data Archive):
"Evaluation of DDI3: Marking-up ISSP 2006 Finnish data"

- Jannik Jensen (Danish Data Archive): "Editing DDI"

- Uwe Jensen (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences): "DDI 3
and re-use of metadata in archival processes"

- Uwe Jensen (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"Considerations to support and implement DDI 3 in building the cessda-ERIC"

- Simon Jones/Paul Lambert (University of Stirling): "Metadata Creation,
Transformation and Discovery for Social Science Data Management: The
DAMES Project Infrastructure"

- Meinhard Moschner (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"Controlled vocabularies for DDI3 - a work in progress"

- Marika Puumala (CentERdata): "How to Present an Application Based on
DDI 3 to the World Out There? -Experiences from a project in which we
have built an online survey data dissemination application based on DDI 3"

- Humphrey Southall (University of Portsmouth): "Creating DDI Metadata
for a diverse body of aggregate statistics: Experience with the GB
Historical GIS"

- Karsten Stephan (Higher Education Information System (HIS)): "Using a
DDI 3 Based Single Source Approach to Increase the Efficiency of Social
Science Research Processes"

- Andias Wira-Alam (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences):
"Implementing DDI 3.0 : A case study of the German Microsensus"

- Denis Huschka (German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD)):
"Developments of the Research Data Infrastructure in Germany since the
end of the 90's"

The full program including abstracts and further information are available
http://www.iza.org/eddi09. EDDI 2009 is organized jointly by the Institute
for the Study of Labor (IZA) and GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.
The event is supported by the German Council for Social and Economic Data
(RatSWD). The poster of the event may be found here.