- file any new issues (there is a link from the description page)
- volunteer to spend a bit of time in the next few months to provide feedback on a new version of Codebook
The DDI Alliance is pleased to announce the public release of DDI Lifecycle 3.3. This updated version of DDI Lifecycle has moved through the development and review process and is now being published as the current version of DDI Lifecycle.
Version 3.3 contains additional coverage for:
- Non-survey data collection (Measurements)
- Questionnaire Design
- Classification management (based on GSIM/Neuchatel)
- Support for DDI as a Property Graph (properties on items and references)
- Quality Statement improvements (useful for Eurostat reporting)
DDI Lifecycle 3.3 also introduces changes in the types and organization of documentation for the specification. These changes allow for the publication of updates and additions as they occur rather than requiring the reissuing of the specification itself. We continue to welcome comments on the coverage and format of this documentation.
Changes and updates in version 3.3 reflect work on 162 issues filed on version 3.2 which reflected specific bugs, continuity issues, and improving alignment with other standards. A full list of changes as well as instructions for those needing to translate instances or systems from version 3.2 to 3.3 is available: https://ddi-alliance.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/DDI4/pages/805142559/DDI+3.3+Change+Log.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to DDI Lifecycle 3.3, especially the DDI Technical Committee, the Study Development Working Group, and the Copenhagen Profile.
The DDI Alliance is pleased to announce the Public Review of DDI - Cross Domain Integration (DDI-CDI), a specification aimed at helping implementers integrate data across domain and institutional boundaries. The new DDI-CDI is an application of the model which emerged from many years of work on a "next generation" DDI specification, known as "DDI 4."
DDI-CDI focuses on a uniform approach to describing a range of needed data formats (traditional wide/rectangular data, long [event] data, multi-dimensional data, and NoSQL/key-value data) which allows them to be connected and understood to support transformation and processing for integrated use. DDI-CDI is aligned with other DDI specifications (DDI-Codebook, DDI-Lifecycle) to support integration of external data in systems which use DDI. It is explicitly designed to work with many popular generic technology standards such as PROV-O, BPMN, DCAT, SDMX, DataCube, SSN/SOSA and Schema.org to allow for easy integration into systems which support them.
DDI-CDI offers an extension to the suite of DDI work products which will help those in the SBE domains and outside of them integrate the expanding range of data required by today's research.
Links to the specification and instructions for comment are found at https://ddi-alliance.atlassian.net/wiki/x/IQBPMw. We are eager to obtain feedback from a broad community on this specification. The comment period is open until July 31, 2020, and we hope to hear from you. To assist you in your review we recommend the following approach:
Read the Overview section of the DDI-CDI review page. This provides a guide to what you will find in the download package. There are four documents linked from the Overview section. Looking at these in the order presented will provide you with information on the purpose, organization, use, and structure of DDI-CDI. Depending on your areas of interest and expertise, you may be focusing on specific aspects of the package. These documents will help guide you to the relevant material. If you have questions about the package contents and how to review them, use the issue form or email option to ask for clarification. Find these options through the link in the upper right frame of the review page.
Your feedback to DDI-CDI is appreciated.
The DDI Alliance welcomes Qualiservice (Noemi Betancort Cabrera, member and Scientific Board representative) as an Associate Member! Qualiservice archives and provides qualitative social science research data from various disciplines for subsequent scientific use. Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein, Director of the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (Univ. Bremen), is the head of Qualiservice.
Dear DDI Member and Scientific Board Representatives,
In consultation with the DDI Executive Board, we have made a decision to cancel the in-person annual meeting scheduled for May 18, 2020 in Gothenburg, Sweden (the Monday of IASSIST). This decision was based on the most recent information about the COVID-19 pandemic and in an abundance of caution.
In place of the in-person meeting, we will hold a virtual meeting instead. We are currently liaising as to the timing and content of the meeting given the international spread of our membership. More information about the virtual meeting will be shared in the coming month.
We recognise that this is an unprecedented and unique situation and appreciate your flexibility. Our thoughts are with everyone affected in the DDI community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance.
Chair, on behalf of the DDI Executive Board
Given the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) scheduled for June 17-19, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been cancelled. Instead, virtual presentations will be hosted in June 2020. The virtual presentations will showcase how metadata standards, including and especially DDI, are making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). More information will be distributed in the coming months.
Sent on behalf of the NADDI 2020 Organizing Committee
The DDI Alliance annual meeting will be held on May 18, 2020 in Gothenburg, Sweden (the Monday of IASSIST). This is an opportunity for members to learn about Alliance activities and provide feedback on priorities for the coming year.
The morning will be devoted to the Meeting of Members and the afternoon to the meeting of the Scientific Board, with lunch provided in between. More details about the meeting, including a full agenda, will be available in April. Remote participation will be available for those who cannot attend in person.
We hope to see many of you at the meeting! Please register now so we can count you in.
Dear Alliance members,
Hilde Orten and Benjamin Beuster will give a DDI workshop at IASSIST 2020 in Gothenburg and we are happy to let you know that participants from DDI Alliance member organizations can participate in this workshop for free. To do so, please use the following discount code when registering for IASSIST and the workshop: DDIA
If you are a DDI Alliance Member and use this code, the workshop fee (500SEK, around $52 USD) will automatically be waived.
Please send this information to your colleagues who may be interested in this workshop.
Anja Perry and Jane Fry
(DDI Training Group Co-Heads)