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World Bank Group Opens Data to All

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The World Bank Group today announced that it has thrown open the doors to its statistical databases and is challenging the global community to use the data to create new applications and solutions to help poor people in the developing world.

Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group is now providing free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe — some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data will be available in Arabic, French and Spanish in addition to English.

For more information, visit

Official Release of the Data Documentation Initiative 3.0

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

May 21, 2008 — The Alliance for the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is pleased to announce the official release of Version 3.0 of the DDI XML specification for documenting social science data. This long awaited version of the DDI represents a major advance by fully incorporating XML Schemas and moving to a data life cycle approach. We thank all the members of the DDI working groups as well as DDI users who have volunteered their time and efforts over the past years to make this specification a reality.

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is a project to create an international standard in XML for metadata describing social science data. The DDI Alliance is a self-sustaining membership organization whose members guide the development of the DDI specification.

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UN Statistical Commission recognizes SDMX as preferred standard

Friday, March 14th, 2008

At the occasion of its 39th session, the United Nations Statistical Council recognized SDMX as the preferred standard for the exchange and sharing of data and metadata (

The recommendation was put forward by the Committee for for Coordination of Social Statistics (CCSA) in the conclusions of its ninth and tenth
sessions ( and based on its technical report on common open standards for the exchange and sharing of data and metadata (

The United Nations Statistical Commission, established in 1947, is the apex entity of the global statistical system. It brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world. It is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods and their implementation at the national and international level.

The objectives of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA), established in September 2002,1 are to promote coordination among the statistical programmes of international organizations, to provide coordinated outputs for the treatment of statistical issues in intergovernmental meetings, including the United Nations Statistical Commission, to foster good practices in the structuring and programming of statistical activities in international organizations and, ultimately to achthrough the coordination of activities.

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New Version of DDI 3.0 Candidate Release Now Available

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Candidate Release Version 3 (CR3) is now available from the DDI Alliance Web site at: The “Latest Release” link will take you to SourceForge for the actual download.

We are getting very close to having a final version of DDI 3.0 to vote on in April. The timetable for publication is:
Final version available: April 3
Review period: April 4-20
Alliance vote: April 21-27
Official publication of DDI 3.0: April 28

Between now and April 3, the Technical Implementation Committee (TIC) is continuing to make corrections to the schema on a weekly basis. Developers who need to work with the most current copy should check SourceForge regularly. All of the subsequent revisions to CR3 will be labeled as CR3 but with different dates. The version log in SourceForge will indicate the changes made since the last update so that developers can check to see if any changes have taken place that might affect their work. Specific questions about updates can be directed to the TIC at

Technology Leaders Join OpenID Foundation

Friday, February 8th, 2008

This morning the OpenID Foundation announced that Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! have joined the board. The OpenID Foundation was formed in early 2006 by seven community members with the goal of helping promote, protect and enabling the OpenID technologies and community. Today’s announcement marks a milestone in the maturity and impact that the OpenID community has had.

New DDI Tools web site and Foundation Tools Road Map

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The DDI Foundation Tools Program (DDI-FTP) is pleased to announce the availability of a new web site dedicated to DDI Tools at

The site is intended for DDI users and developers and provides access to applications, software components, documentation, example files and XSL transformations that support the DDI-XML specification. It is also the home for the DDI Foundation Tools Program, an initiative aiming to provide application developers with a set of reusable components, operating in a harmonized environment based on open source technologies, to manage DDI metadata and their related data and resources (

The launch of the site coincides with the initial release of the DDI-FTP Road Map (, a document that describes and prioritizes the different components of the toolkit, to be used by contributors to focus and coordinate their development efforts.

As always, we wish for the web site and the tools program to be community driven and your comments and suggestions are most welcomed. Agencies or individuals interested in contributing to the DDI-FTP are also encouraged to read more about the initiative or contact us for further information.

All the best,

The DDI-FTP team

DDI and Institutional Repositories briefing paper

Friday, February 1st, 2008

DDI, the Data Documentation Initiative, is the “codebook standard” for quantitative social datasets. This new briefing paper from the DataShare project explains the DDI as a form of metadata, how version 3 embraces a life-cycle approach to data management, and how the DDI could be exploited by OAI-compliant data repositories.

DDI and Institutional Repositories, by Luis Martinez, released 1 February, 2008.

See also for other project deliverables.

DDI Directions, December 2007/Winter 2008

Friday, November 30th, 2007

The first issue of the DDI newsletter called DDI Directions is now available for download as a PDF file. The quarterly newsletter provides information and updates on DDI activities throughout the year, and suggestions for content can be sent to Mary Vardigan, DDI Alliance Director, at
DDI Directions, December 2007/Winter 2008

Orbeon Forms 3.5 Final Released

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The final release of Orbeon Forms 3.5 is now available.

Orbeon Forms is an open source forms solution that handles the complexity of forms typical of the enterprise or government. It is delivered to standard web browsers thanks to XForms and Ajax technology, with no need for client-side software or plugins.

Orbeon Forms allows you to build fully interactive forms with features that include as-you-type validation, optional and repeated sections, always up-to-date error summaries, PDF output, full internationalization, and controls like auto-completion, tabs, dialogs, trees and menus.

Click here to see the full announcement or visit

DDI 3.0 public review begins

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Version 3.0 of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) specification has just been released for public comment.

During these next two months, users can test and evaluate this new version of the DDI to provide feedback and suggestions for changes. The DDI 3 site at now has new tools, including a DDI 2 to 3 converter/viewer, as well as several markup examples that should facilitate assessment and testing of the specification. Please do take a tour of the page if you haven’t already done so and start to learn more.

To open up discussions related to DDI Version 3, you can use one of the new DDI-related forums specifically designed for this purpose — see