3rd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI11):
DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

Organizers: Nikos Askitas (IZA), Michelle Coldrey (Swedish National Data Service), Hans J°rgen Marker (Swedish National Data Service), Joachim Wackerow (chair / GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences), Olof Olsson (Swedish National Data Service)
Place:Gothenburg, Sweden
Date:December 05 - December 06, 2011

Submission Deadline:September 25, 2011
Complete Presentations Due:November 30, 2011

EDDI 2011 is organized jointly by SND - Swedish National Data Service, 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.
The meeting will provide presentations 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
The following materials for the conference are available: conference program (web page with links to slides), conference program (pdf) and book of abstracts.

Keynote Speech

We are very delighted that Bo Sundgren will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2011 with the title "Communicating in time and space - How to overcome incompatible frames of reference of producers and users of archival data".
Bo Sundgren is professor of informatics at Stockholm University and has a long career in leading positions at Statistics Sweden. Bo created and defined the metadata concept in his PhD thesis in 1973, and he is also the creator (with professor of statistics, Bengt RosÚn) of the documentation system SCBDOK of Statistics Sweden. More about Bo and his publications can be found on his homepage.

DDI Courses

A half-day DDI introduction will be offered in the morning of Monday, December 5. Two parallel courses are offered with a business and a technical focus.Both courses are sponsored by the DDI Alliance.
Data Management using DDI
Instructor: Wendy Thomas, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center

Formalizing the process of data and metadata management has become increasingly important. The DDI metadata standard was designed to support metadata management from simple stand-alone studies to major statistical production systems. This workshop will look at how DDI supports the data and metadata management process from a high level business perspective. Discussion will include the interaction of DDI with other major standards in the social, behavioural, economic, and related study areas.
Learn How to Create DDI Metadata: a Technical Introduction
Instructor: Jeremy Iverson, Algenta Technologies, Minneapolis

The DDI standard is used both to document small studies and to power major statistical production systems. This workshop teaches the technical details required to start creating DDI metadata. The workshop begins with an overview of the DDI content model, and proceeds with exercises where participants learn to build well-formed DDI files. We will also discuss techniques for building DDI tools and resources that are available to increase development productivity.

Previous Meetings

Last year, the 2nd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting (EDDI10) took place at SURFfoundation in Utrecht, The Netherlands on December 8-9 with almost 70 people from 13 countries attending. The program offering 24 presentations is available at the EDDI10 web site.
The first EDDI Meeting 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.


If you are interested in attending the meeting, please use the online application form and indicate if you are attending one of the DDI courses. The deadline for registration is November 20, 2011.
Registration Fee
There will be a subsidized rate for registration of 80 Euro per person. The fee is applicable to everyone taking part or contributing to the conference and is to be paid on site by bank card (VISA, Mastercard and Maestro accepted).
Information on Travel and Accommodation, and the Venue
Details on travel and accommodation are available at related pages at SND. Description, map, and history of the venue are available at the web site of the University of Gothenburg.

Additional Meetings on December 7-9

DDI Developers Meeting

A 3-day meeting of developers working on DDI implementations takes place after EDDI11 on Dec 7-9. Agenda topics will include interoperability, open source tools, promoting DDI tools, sharing experiences, and future collaboration. This is the 3rd meeting of developers after the first meeting before EDDI10 in Utrecht and the 2nd meeting before the 37th IASSIST conference in Vancouver. Please write an email to eddi11developers@iza.org if you are interested to participate. A draft agenda is available.

The Challenge of Qualitative Data: Standardizing metadata structures and the DDI

This meeting is a continuation of the work already done by the DDI Alliance Working Group (WG) on Qualitative Data. This face-to-face meeting offers us an opportunity to produce a detailed technical report on recommendations for modifying and improving the current DDI-Lifecycle Specification, and a best practice paper on using DDI with qualitative data. These topics cover the second half of the meeting from Day 2 afternoon to Day 3. The programme details will be developed in Gothenburg. A draft program is available.

The meeting is open to everybody interested in contributing to this work. We welcome participants who are already working with archiving qualitative data and technical staff who are charged with providing metadata and access solutions in their archives.

The Organizing Committee are Louise Corti (UKDA), Arja Kuula and Jani Hautamńki (FSD), Arofan Gregory (Metadata Technologies, North America), and Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences).

The meeting welcome participants already part of the DDI Alliance WG who are working closely with archiving qualitative data. Technical knowledge of metadata is a basic requirement so you can fully participate. If you are charged with handing qualitative data ingest, processing, discovery or visualization but are not metadata-savvy, you will need to bring a technical colleague with you. We welcome technical staff who are charged with providing metadata and access solutions in their archives.

We invite all individuals interested in participating to write an email to eddi11qualitative@iza.org. When you apply please describe your experience in the area and your possible contribution.


General Information

For questions or any other correspondence regarding the EDDI11, please send an email to eddi11@iza.org.