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SDMX Info Space

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Eurostat has recently launched a new SDMX Info Space. This wiki based portal providing access to reference guides, training materials, videos, open source software, and other essential information on the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange standard (ISO 17369).
For more information, visit:

DDI Codebook 2.5 published / DDI Directions

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The DDI Alliance announced that, that after approval by the Expert Committee in November, DDI Codebook Version 2.5 has been officially published.

A new issue of the DDI Directions newsletter is also now available at:

DDI Codebook Version 2.5 Public Review

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The newest version of DDI Codebook – Version 2.5 – is now available for review at This version, an XML Schema, incorporates new substantive elements requested by the community and is designed to make it easier to migrate documents to DDI Lifecycle for those interested in doing so.

The zipped download package contains the new schema and three files describing the changes from the previous version, DDI 2.1. A spreadsheet with all changes highlighted in red is available here: Note that namespaces will be reviewed and changed upon approval of DDI 2.5.

DDI Codebook 2.5 is backward compatible with DDI 2.1. Because the changes are limited in scope, the public review of DDI Codebook 2.5 will be expedited and will not require the lengthy procedures set forth in the Bylaws for major changes to the specification.

The public review period starts today and will end on Friday, November 18, 2011.

To vote and to provide comments, please use the survey available at:

DDI Directions, Volume V, Number 1, September 2011

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The September issue of DDI Directions is now available at:
In this issue you will find an article by Wendy Thomas on DDI involvement in the Paris Microdata Group as well as information about the upcoming EDDI meeting in Gothenburg, the new DDI Agency Registry, new working groups, and more.

Wolfram Data Summit, Sep 8-9, Washington DC

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The 2011 Wolfram Data Summit will be held in Washington DC on Sep 8th-9th
For more information, visit

In 2010, Wolfram brought together the leaders of the worldwide data community for the first annual Wolfram Data Summit, an unprecedented, multidisciplinary gathering in Washington, DC. This forum allowed participants to share data-related ideas and innovations across virtually every domain of knowledge and human experience.

The unique format of the summit combines domain-focused sessions—on financial, geographic, medical, scientific, and other types of data—with vibrant, cross-domain sessions on topics of universal interest: crowdsourcing and collaboration, open government data, data in the media, linguistics and data ontologies, and much more.

In its second year, the Wolfram Data Summit intends to further develop this community, involving an even more diverse array of participants and topics.

SBE 2020 white papers available

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation (NSF/SBE) has released today a collection of white papers contributed under the “SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences” initiative. Authors were asked to outline grand challenge questions that are both foundational and
transformative. For information, please visit:

The Open Data Foundation contributed to the following:

Maximizing the Potential of Data: Modern IT Tools, Best Practices, and
Metadata Standards for SBE Sciences
Pascal Heus (, Metadata Technology
North America Inc.
Arofan Gregory (, Open Data Foundation

The Web of Linked Data: Realizing the Potential for the Social Sciences
Arofan Gregory, Open Data Foundation
Mary Vardigan, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
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EDDI10 presentations available on-line

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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. Additionally, courses on DDI and
SDMX, and a DDI developers workshop took place prior to EDDI10.

The slides of 24 presentations are now on-line at the EDDI10 web site.

As announced at the end of the conference, the host of next year’s EDDI
will be the Swedish National Data Service (SND) in Gothenburg.

Draft SDMX Technical Specification (version 2.1) for Public Review

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The draft version 2.1 of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standard has been made available by the SDMX Secretariat for public review (until 2 February 2011). This aims at widely improving the current 2.0 standards. The new specification corrects some bugs, adds functionalities and includes a stronger alignment of data formats and schemas with the information model.

For more information, visit:

A discussion forum has been added to the SDMX User Forums ( to support this process.

Nesstar Publisher is now freeware

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

The Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) has recently announced the availability of version 4.0 of the Nesstar software system for data publishing and online analysis. Starting from this release, the Nesstar Publisher component is now a freeware product and can be downloaded from the Nesstar web site. Also known as the IHSN Metadata Editor, the Publisher is a popular tool for the preparation of Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) based metadata.
The Open Data Foundation applauds the decision by Nesstar to make the Publisher openly available to the community.
For more information, visit

IHSN: Principles and Good Practice for Preserving Data

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

The International Household Survey Network just released a new publication on “Principles and Good Practice for Preserving Data”. This document produced by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social research (ICPSR) provides basic guidance for managers in statistical agencies who are responsible for preserving data using the principles and good practice defined by the digital preservation community. The guidance defines the rationale for preserving data and the principles and standards of good practice as applied to data preservation; documents the development of a digital preservation policy; and uses digital archive audit principles to suggest good practice for data.

The document is available at