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2023 DDI Executive Board and Scientific Board Candidates

Dear DDI community,

I am pleased to announce the candidates for the 2023 DDI Executive Board and Scientific Board elections.  The Executive Board has two seats eligible for election, while the Scientific Board has three seats eligible. The candidates include (listed in alphabetical order):

Executive Board (link to bios and position statements)

  • Libby Bishop (currently serving)
  • Johan Fihn Marberg

Scientific Board (link to bios and position statements)

  • Darren Bell (currently serving)
  • Noemi Betancort
  • Amber Leahey
  • Shane McChesney
  • Dan Smith
  • Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen (currently serving)

In the next day, designated member representatives will receive an online ballot to vote.  The online ballot will close on Monday, July 31.

Thanks to all candidates for their willingness to contribute to the growth and development of the DDI Alliance.

Sincerely,

 

Jared Lyle
Executive Director, DDI Alliance

Conference On Smart Metadata for Official Statistics 2024 (COSMOS 2024) - Call for Contributions

Insee is pleased to invite the statistical community to submit contributions for the first Conference On Smart Metadata for Official Statistics 2024 (COSMOS 2024), to be held on 11-12 April 2024 in Paris, France. The COSMOS conference is a place where the official statistics community can work together to define, share, use, and manage smart metadata. Please see the call for contributions at http://cosmos-conference.org/2024/cfc.html for details on how to participate.

DDI Annual Meeting (May 30, 13:00-17:00 EDT): Registration + Agenda

Dear DDI community,

We invite you to join us at our upcoming Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 30 May, which will be held both in person and virtually.  We welcome anyone interested in DDI activities to attend the meeting.  

This year, we will combine both the Annual Meeting of Members and the Annual Meeting of the Scientific Community into one afternoon meeting.  During this time, we will review the Alliance's activities, including working groups and committees, and the Scientific Work Plan for the coming year.  The meeting will also provide an opportunity for member organizations to  discuss and provide feedback.
 
DDI Alliance Annual Meeting of Members and Meeting of the Scientific Community (hybrid: in-person at IASSIST meeting & virtual)
Flower Room (*please note the room change from the Cook Room, which is directly next to the Flower Room*), Philadelphia Marriott Old City, One Dock Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 
May 30, 2023 (Tuesday), 13:00-17:00 EDT

View the agenda

Please register for in person attendance using this form: https://forms.gle/waeXkJsXoNv288iB9

Please register for virtual attendance using this link: https://myumi.ch/5JxkG.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom login details.
 
Past annual meeting materials are available on the DDI web site: https://ddialliance.org/annual-meetings.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.  
Sincerely,
Jared

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

Seeking Nominations for DDI Executive Board and Scientific Board Elections

Dear DDI community,

I am pleased to announce the upcoming 2023 DDI Executive Board and Scientific Board elections, scheduled to be held in June.  This is an opportunity for dedicated individuals to contribute to the growth and development of the DDI Alliance.  Newly-elected members will serve four-year terms.  

The Executive Board has two seats eligible for election, while the Scientific Board has three seats eligible.  If you are interested in standing as a candidate for either board or would like to recommend a potential candidate, please email secretariat@ddialliance.org.  Applications are due by Friday, June 16, 2023.

Allow me to provide a brief overview of each board's role within the Alliance:
  • The Executive Board: As the policymaking and oversight body of the Alliance, the Executive Board plays a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction and making decisions on allocation of funds.  Elected members must be representatives from Members of the Alliance.
  • The Scientific Board: Serving as the scientific and technical body, the Scientific Board represents the Scientific Community and facilitates the formulation and execution of the scientific work plan.  Elected members can be representatives from both Members and Associate Members of the Alliance. 
Both boards hold monthly meetings, typically lasting 1-1.5 hours. Currently, these meetings are held virtually, with an annual in-person gathering for the Scientific Board.

We kindly ask you to share this announcement with eligible individuals who would make suitable candidates for the Executive Board or Scientific Board positions.  We value diverse perspectives and welcome new voices to contribute to our shared mission.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Sincerely,
Jared

 

Jared Lyle
Executive Director, DDI Alliance

Call for participants: DDI-CDI Workshop at Dagstuhl, Sept. 2023

We are organising a workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl on Sept 24-29, 2023, in Wadern, Germany with a focus on DDI-CDI and its implementation. While the workshop is strictly limited for space, we would welcome participation from interested individuals. The topics under consideration are described below.
 

The workshop will include the members of the current DDI-CDI Working Group, but will also include outside experts. If you are implementing DDI-CDI or wish to learn more about it by being involved in a working group on the proposed topics, and want to attend the workshop, please send an expression of interest along with any questions to Arofan Gregory, chair of the DDI-CDI Working Group (ilg21@yahoo.com). We would appreciate a short statement of your background in working with metadata standards and data systems, and of your interest in DDI-CDI. We will prioritize those applicants who make a strong case for their contribution to the listed topics and indicate an interest in ongoing participation in the DDI-CDI WG.

 

Please contact us by 9 June, with the above information if you are interested in participating.

Some general information about the costs and the venue are given below. 

 

Practical Information

The workshop will be an in-person event, lasting for the entire week. Total numbers will be 25 people.  Schloss Dagstuhl is an immersive environment, and it is requested that participants be available for the entire week.

Please consult the Dagstuhl COVID-19 policy https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/guests/sars-cov2-prevention-measures

 

Travel and Accommodation Costs 

Accommodation and subsistence costs at Dagstuhl are subsidized and very reasonably priced (420 € for the week).  It will be the responsibility of applicants to fund their participation.

 
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Topics for the CDI workshop:

  • Implementation guides 

    • UKDA

    • Sikt processing

    • Syntax representations

  • Syntax representations, especially Python, GraphQL – UCMIS level

  • Relationships to other standards including mapping

    • High-level with SKOS approaches

    • Low-level with mapping languages (could also work for syntax representations)

  • Positioning of CDI – framing, getting responses from participants

    • CDI in relationship to ontologies (description of real objects), to other metadata specifications (description of artifacts which can describe real objects)

  • Variable relationships

  • Non-numeric, non-code datums like images, audio, text … (segments)

15th European DDI Users Conference: Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 15th European DDI Users Conference (EDDI 2023) is now open.

The 15th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI 2023) is being hosted by the Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (ADP), and will be held as an in person event in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Online participation will also be available for those unable to travel.

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences. 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.

The Conference timetable is:

Tutorials and Workshops: Monday 27 November 2023
Conference: Tuesday 28 November – Wednesday 29 November 2023
Side Meetings: Thursday 30 November – Friday 1 December 2023

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, the EDDI 2023 Conference website is at https://bit.ly/eddi2023

The deadline for submissions is September 4 2023, 23:59 CEST.

For questions or any other correspondence regarding the Call for Papers of EDDI 2023, please send an email to eddi23-prog@googlegroups.com

Jon Johnson & Mari Kleemola
Co-chairs EDDI 2023
https://www.eddi-conferences.eu

Webinar: FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research, 12 June, 12:00-13:30 UTC

Monday 12 June, 12:00-13:30 UTC
This event will launch the report ‘FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research’ https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7818157 produced by the joint IUSSP-CODATA WG with the same name.  The speakers will present the report and its implications and discuss the next steps for implementing its recommendations.
IUSSP and CODATA co-sponsored a working group to study how population research can benefit from the rapidly developing standards and technologies associated with the FAIR principles that all data should be “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable” by both humans and machines (Wilkinson et al., 2016).
Demography is an empirically focused field with a long tradition of widely shared, easily accessible, data collections.  FAIR vocabularies, which allow machines to associate data with concepts, can save researchers hours of tedious work by automating processes of data discovery and harmonization.  The report introduces readers to international standards for documenting data (metadata) that underlie international infrastructures for producing and disseminating demographic data, and it recommends enhancing these services through application of the FAIR principles.  The report builds on the “Ten Simple Rules for making a vocabulary FAIR”  (Cox et al., 2021), prepared by a group formed at a workshop convened by CODATA and DDI to describe how a FAIR vocabulary will work with international standards for documenting and sharing social science data.
The working group calls for IUSSP to create a FAIR Vocabulary of Demography.  Online vocabularies including demographic terms already exist, and most of them define key terms in ways incompatible with demography.  Population research will be at a disadvantage without an authoritative FAIR vocabulary of its own.  Fortunately, a new FAIR Vocabulary of Demography can build upon IUSSP’s long history of support for dictionaries of demography in multiple languages.
Speakers:
  • George Alter, University of Michigan
  • Abdulla Gozalov, United Nations Statistics Division
  • Steven McEachern, Australian Data Archive, Autralian National University

Section 10.3 of the report provides specific recommendations for the DDI Alliance, including:

  1. We encourage the DDI Alliance to develop guidelines and practices for registries of vocabularies, variables, and value domains similar to the development occurring in the SDMX world. DDI registries should work to encourage reuse of survey instruments and coding schemes in ways that will make it easier to discover and harmonize data. Since the DDI community is very decentralized, we expect that DDI registries will be federated using the DDI Agency Registry to simplify the assignment of persistent identifiers.As an XML based standard since its inception, DDI has supported URNs but as new serializations emerge, support should be accelerated for RDF URIs that are natively resolvable to locations on the Web.
  2. IUSSP strongly recommends that data producers apply URIs when data is created. It is much more efficient for persistent identifiers to be assigned by data producers, and these identifiers will provide more accurate information than annotations applied by data repositories late in the data life cycle. Tools for assigning persistent identifiers throughout the data lifecycle are already available. Wherever possible, these URIs should point to existing FAIR vocabularies, such as ELSST and the future FAIR Vocabulary of Demography.
  3. The DDI Alliance should also take other steps to facilitate harmonization of data sets. The assignment of persistent identifiers described in DDI registries is a pre-condition for reducing the costs of data harmonization, but other steps, such as using tools like SKOS to map variables to concepts are needed. We strongly encourage the DDI Alliance to contribute to research and the development of tools for automating linking identifiers across registries discussed below.

Webinar: Register now! ‘DDI, FAIR, and the emergent role of active metadata: a CODATA-DDI Alliance webinar for the RDA Decade of Data'. Online, 4 May 2023

The third event of the 2023 series of CODATA – DDI Alliance webinars will take place on 4 May at 09:00-11:00 EDT / 13.00-15:00 UTC / 15:00-17:00 CEST.  *Register here to attend!*
 
CODATA and the DDI Alliance present this webinar to celebrate 'metadata May' as part of the RDA Decade of Data celebrations! 
 
It is widely accepted that the FAIR data principles highlight the importance of metadata. The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) community has decades of experience in supporting data production and reuse within the social, behavioural, and economic sciences through the publication and use of detailed, machine-actionable metadata specifications. This webinar explores the lessons that have been learned over that time, and how these lessons can be applied more broadly in the context of FAIR data sharing. The importance of granular metadata to data management practices is clear, but increasingly the ability to leverage metadata in an active capacity – to drive production, management, and dissemination – is growing in importance. With the advent of FAIR, the need for cross-domain exchange of metadata is also growing, and the DDI specifications are evolving to meet that need. More than ever, alignment and coordination among metadata standards and models is needed. 
 
This webinar looks at how granular, active metadata can better support research data management both within and across domains, and should be of interest to a broad set of the groups working in the Research Data Alliance.
 
Presenters are: Simon Hodson (CODATA), Christophe Dzikowski (INSEE), Amber Leahey (Ontario Council of University Libraries), and Arofan Gregory (DDI Alliance).  There will be time for questions and discussion with our expert panel. 
 
This event is free but registration is required. Please register here! 
 
We look forward to seeing you on 4 May!

Seeking DDI Alliance funding requests for the upcoming fiscal year (July 2023-June 2024)

Dear DDI community,

Each year, the DDI Executive Board considers funding requests to support DDI activities. If you have a funding request for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2024, July 2023 through June 2024), please email the request to secretariat@ddialliance.org by April 10, 2023.

Requests should explain the purpose of the request, how it aligns with the Alliance's Strategic Plan, and include an itemized budget for the funding request. If requests are related to scientific or technical activities, the DDI Scientific Board will evaluate the request from the perspective of the Alliance Scientific Work Plan and provide feedback to the Executive Board. Incoming budget requests related to scientific or technical activities will be prioritized according to their level of importance, and a reasoning with pros and cons for each evaluation will be made available, for the purpose of clarity and transparency. Full details about annual budget funding requests are here: https://ddialliance.org/alliance/funding-guidelines-and-request-form.

The Alliance's membership dues are used to fund these requests. The budget for the current 2023 fiscal year was finalized in June 2022 and is described in the Executive Board minutes: https://ddialliance.org/sites/default/files/20220622%20Executive%20Board.... The FY2022 financial report is part of the 2022 Annual Meeting materials: https://ddialliance.org/sites/default/files/20220601_DDI_Meeting_of_Memb....

Feel free to contact me with questions.

Sincerely,
Jared

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

Webinar: Register now! ‘Statistical Agencies Using DDI Metadata Standards: Promoting Transparency and Reusability of Data’. Online, 14 April 2023

The second event of the 2023 series of CODATA – DDI Alliance webinars will take place on 14 April at 10:00-11:30 EDT / 14.00-15:30 UTC / 16:00-17:30 CEST.  *Register here to attend!*

Statistical agencies are seeing a much more federated and complex data ecosystem where data flows from one organization to another.  Metadata standards are key to facilitate this movement, including through greater automation to collect, manage, produce, and disseminate data.  Metadata standards simplify sharing, reduce development time, and promote transparency across agencies, especially by ensuring that similar things are described the same way.

In this webinar, we present an international selection of three practical implementations demonstrating how using DDI metadata standards has benefited large statistical agencies.  In the first presentation, Chantal Vaillancourt, Section Manager – metadata infrastructure, Centre for Statistical and Data Standards at Statistics Canada, will discuss Statistics Canada’s modernization towards a robust standards-enabled Enterprise Metadata Ecosystem, which is the foundation for organizational modernization through enabling metadata enabled automated business process, interoperability of data and metadata and transparency to Canadians. Next, Christophe Dzikowski, metadata expert, National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), France will discuss how the DDI can be used in an active manner to drive surveys. Finally, Dan Gillman, Information Scientist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, will discuss how DDI can be applied to describe complex survey microdata and multi-dimensional time series.

Presenters are: Chantal Vaillancourt, Statistics Canada; Christophe Dzikowski, National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), France; Dan Gillman, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The moderator will be Jared Lyle, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  There will be time for questions and discussion with our expert panel.

This event is free but registration is required. Please register here!

We look forward to seeing you on 14 April!

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