2nd Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting

Organizers: Nikos Askitas (IZA), Eric Balster (CentERdata), John Doove (SURFfoundation), Rob Grim (Tilburg University), Laurents Sesink (DANS - Data Archiving and Networked Services), Joachim Wackerow (chair, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
Place:Utrecht, The Netherlands
Date:December 08 - December 09, 2010

Submission Deadline:September 12, 2010
Complete Presentation Due:December 03, 2010

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 - 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 poster of the event may be found here: http://www.iza.org/eddi/ddi-flyer-2010.pdf

DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

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 are very delighted that Peter Wittenburg, Technical Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2010.
The following materials for the conference are now available:
  • Conference program (pdf / html) with links to abstracts and slides
  • Book of abstracts
  • Information on venue, accommodation, and map


    If you are interested in attending the meeting, please use the online registration system at IZA. Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 70 persons. If the deadline is met further registrations will automatically be added to a waiting list.

    Registration Fee

    There will be a registration fee of 50 Euro per person to be paid on site.

    The conference fee is applicable to everyone taking part or contributing to the conference.

    Course on DDI 3: Putting DDI to Work for You

    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.
    DDI as a social science metadata standard has been around since 2000. During the first part of the decade its use was primarily limited to archives and it was supported by only a few software systems. With the development of DDI 3.0 and its publication in April 2008 the use of DDI to support the collection, processing, discovery, and delivery of data has made a major leap into new areas of application. As a metadata model and structured standard, DDI is not a single tool. It supports the capture of social science metadata in a format that can be effectively passed into and out of a number of different special purpose tools, allowing systems to share and reuse metadata along the lifecycle of the data and metadata. Understanding how other might use the metadata you create, or what you can expect from metadata received from others improves the interoperability of the metadata we use and share. This half-day course will explore the role of DDI in supporting various applications related to the creation, discovery and use of social science data as well as provide an understanding of its role within the collection of standards available for use in this community.
    Specifically we will cover:
    • Why the DDI content was expanded and the goals of DDI 3 and beyond
    • What applications/use cases DDI 3 is designed to support and what earlier versions can support
    • How DDI relates to other standards (where does it fit into the standards picture)
    • Future development directions
    Who should attend? This course is intended for anyone wishing to understand DDI within the broad framework of metadata creation and use in the world of social science research or who is looking for basic information on the configurations within DDI that support a growing range of applications and uses.

    Introduction to the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) Standard

    A two-hour SDMX course will be offered for experienced DDI users on Wednesday morning, to be taught by Arofan Gregory, Open Data Foundation.
    This is a brief introduction to the major features of the SDMX standard, with a focus on how SDMX and DDI are being implemented together in different settings. SDMX has become a common standard for the dissemination and reporting of aggregate statistical data from official statistical institutes, and has been intentionally aligned with the DDI.
    The workshop covers the SDMX Technical Standards, as well as providing an overview of the SDMX Content-Oriented Guidelines, and a description of available tools and resources.

    DDI Developers Workshop

    A 2.5-day meeting of developers working on DDI implementations takes place in advance of EDDI10. Agenda topics will include interoperability, open source tools, promoting DDI tools, sharing experiences, and future collaboration.
    Please contact Joachim Wackerow (joachim.wackerow@gesis.org) if you are interested to participate.
    For questions or any other correspondence regarding the Eddi10, please send an email to eddi10@iza.org.