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Workshop on Implementation of DDI3 – Advanced Topics, Nov 2-6, Dagstuhl, Germany

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Workshop on Implementation of DDI3 – Advanced Topics
November 2-6, 2009
Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany

Goals
The goal of this symposium-style workshop is to produce a detailed use case literature covering the technical aspects of DDI3 implementation. Some selected exploratory topics like interoperability with other domains and technologies will also be examined.

Description of the Workshop
Implementations and planned implementations will be presented by a number of attendees and discussed by other presenters and invited experts. This workshop provides an opportunity to share experiences with other advanced implementers of DDI3 and experts in the DDI3 technical specification, obtain a real time peer review and create the beginnings of a strong use case literature for DDI3 implementations. The hosts and participants in the workshop are expected to look critically at the use cases presented and provide any input that is appropriate.

Expected Results
Use cases discussed at the workshop will be written up and published in the new DDI Alliance On-line Working Paper Series.

Venue
The workshop will take place at the Leibniz Center for Informatics, Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany. The non-profit centre is a member of the Leibniz Association and is funded jointly by the German federal government and a number of state governments. The venue provides an intense working atmosphere in a nice remote region. Several seminar rooms and cafeteria while the day, and leisure rooms like wine bar and billiard room while the evening promote intense discussion and communication. Accommodation costs at Dagstuhl including full board is 60 Euro/day/person (subsidized rate). The maximum number of participants is 21 people.

Sponsors
This workshop is sponsored by the DDI Alliance, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Minnesota Population Center (MPC), and Open Data Foundation (ODaF).

Contact
The names of interested organizations and individuals should be sent to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu. Please provide contact information, area of interest, and area of expertise for each individual, information regarding DDI 3 implementation, and a statement of what each individual can contribute to the workshop. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu.

Links
Related Web page: http://www.dagstuhl.de/09452
Further information on “How to get to Dagstuhl”: http://www.dagstuhl.de/ueber-dagstuhl/anreise/
Pictures of Dagstuhl: http://www.dagstuhl.de/ueber-dagstuhl/presse/downloads/

We would appreciate hearing soon from interested people.

Mary Vardigan, Director DDI Alliance
Wendy Thomas, Chair DDI Technical Implementation Committee
Achim Wackerow, Vice Chair DDI Technical Implementation Committee
Arofan Gregory, Technical Consultant
(Organizers)

New ODaF working paper on Metadata

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

We’re please to announce the availability of a new ODaF paper on Metadata recently published in the German Council for Social and Economic Data Working Paper series.

Metadata
Arofan Gregory, Pascal Heus, Jostein Ryssevik
Open Data Foundation (info@opendatafoundation.org)
March 2009

RatSWD
Rat für Sozial- und WirtschaftsDaten / German Council for Social and Economic Data
Working Paper No. 57

Abstract
Metadata, or data about data, play a crucial rule in social sciences to ensure that high quality documentation and community knowledge are properly captured and surround the data across its entire life cycle, from the early stages of production to secondary analysis by researchers or use by policy makers and other key stakeholders. The paper provides an overview of the social sciences metadata landscape, best practices and related information technologies. It particularly focuses on two specifications – the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange Standard (SDMX) – seen as central to a global metadata management framework for social data and official statistics. It also highlights current directions, outlines typical integration challenges, and provides a set of high level recommendations for producers, archives, researchers and sponsors in order to foster the adoption of metadata standards and best practices in the years to come.

Keywords: social sciences, metadata, data, statistics, documentation, data quality, XML, DDI, SDMX, archive, preservation, production, access, dissemination, analysis

Related links:
http://www.ratswd.de/publ/workingpapers_09.php
http://www.ratswd.de/download/workingpapers2009/57_09.pdf

ODaF Europe 2009, Apr 2-3 ,2009, IZA IDSC, Bonn, Germany

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

We are pleased to announce that the ODaF Europe 2009 meeting will be held at at the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany on April 2-3. This regional event is open to all members as well as individuals and agencies interested to learn more about ODaF, get involved in our activities or simply share ideas.

We are a currently finalizing the agenda (see web page for latest version). The theme will focus on metadata in research data centers. The first day will start with a brief introduction of ODaF and an update on our completed, ongoing and planned activities. This will be followed by thematic presentations by participants. The second day will focus on new ideas, suggestions and discussions of the action plan for moving the organization forward in the European region. If you wish to make a short presentation (20′) of your organization’s activities or on a particular topic, please let us know and we’ll do our best to integrate it in the program.

For information and registration, please visit http://www.opendatafoundation.org/events/odaf_europe_2009.php or contact us by email at info@opendatafoundation.org. Participation to this event is free of charge.

For lodging, we have a set of rooms locked in for Apr 1 – Apr 4 at the Bonn Hilton (http://www.hilton.de/bonn) at a preferred group rate of € 115 per night. The location very close to the city center and within walking distance to IZA. However, due to a concurrent World Bank / UNESCO conference, hotel space in the area is very limited and we cannot hold these rooms beyond February 26th. If you wish to confirm a reservation at this rate, do not call the hotel directly. Instead, contact Elke Henn (Event Manager, henn@iza.org, +49 (228) 3894-305) and provide her with your name and travel dates as soon as possible. Note that participants are responsible for their travel and lodging costs, this is not included in the event registration.

We would like to express thanks to IZA’s International Data Service Center (IDSC) for its support and assistance in making this event possible. Looking forward to see you there.

UKDA: Data Management and Sharing

Friday, December 19th, 2008

The UK Data Archive would like to announce the release of its new suite of web pages providing guidance on Data Management and Sharing. The pages aim to provide data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets. Advice has been divided into a number of key areas or modules providing detailed information on each topic. These are:

· Sharing data – why and how?
· Consent, confidentiality and ethics
· Copyright
· Data documentation and metadata
· Data formats and software
· Data storage, back-up, and security

In addition to these web pages, bespoke advice and training are provided by UKDA staff throughout the life span of a research project – from the initial award application, through the data creation phase to the end of the active research phase and to the final storage and dissemination of data. A comprehensive frequently asked questions web page is also available.

See: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/sharing/

A printed brochure is forthcoming which will be ready for our Data Sharing event on 13 March 2009 (http://www.esds.ac.uk/news/eventdetail.asp?id=2140)

The significance of data management for social survey research, Jan 27th, Essex University, UK

Friday, December 19th, 2008

The significance of data management for social survey research

Date: 27 January 2009
Location: Seminar Room, SSRC Building, University of Essex

This one-day seminar on 27 January 2009, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) and the National Centre for e-Social Science
research node on Data Management through e-Social Science (DAMES), will explore approaches to, and resources for, improving standards of data
management in the social science research process. Here, data management is taken to refer to operations which are typically conducted by social
researchers themselves, and which involve handling and manipulating micro-datasets. These sorts of operation, often referred to as data handling, data cleaning, or matching datasets together, prove in many instances to be a major component of a social research project, yet they are often underestimated by social researchers themselves, and they are rarely the subject of extended methodological attention.

This event brings together speakers from a range of data management services and resource providers including Paul Lambert and Vernon Gayle
of DAMES and representatives from ESDS and the Secure Data Service.

The meeting is free to attend, but places are limited so booking is essential.

Further details including programme and booking form:
http://www.esds.ac.uk/news/eventdetail.asp?id=2151

ODaF Annual Meetings 2008, Washington, DC, Dec 5th

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The Open Data Foundation 2008 annual meetings will be held at NORC in Bethesda, MD, USA on Thursday December 5th from 9am to 3pm. All members who are in the Washington DC area during that time are encouraged to participate in person. Virtual attendance will also be possible through conference call. Email info@opendatafoundation.org to register.

This event is made possible with the support of the National Opinion Research Center which has kindly agreed to make its Bethesda office facility available to host the meeting. We are particularly thankful to Dr. Julia Lane and M. Tim Mulcahy for their assistance and support.

For further information, see
http://opendatafoundation.org/events/odaf_annual_meetings_2008.php

ODaF North America 2008 Regional Meeting, Washington, DC, Dec 3-4

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

We’re pleased to announce that the Open Data Foundation North America 2008 meeting will take place at the Washington DC Office of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) on December 3rd and 4th. This regional event is open to all members as well as individuals and agencies interested to learn more about ODaF, get involved in our activities, or simply share ideas.

We are a currently drafting the agenda. The theme will be “Socio-Economic (meta)data and related technologies in federal and state agencies” with a focus on the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange Standard (SDMX). The first day will start with a brief introduction of ODaF and an update on completed, ongoing and planned activities. This will be followed by a brief overview of DDI / SDMX and presentations by other participants. The second day will focus on ideas, suggestions and discussions on participants issues and of the action plan for moving the organization forward in the North America region. If you wish to make a short presentation of your organization’s activities or a particular topic, please let us know and we’ll do our best to integrate to in the program.

For information and registration, please visit:
http://opendatafoundation.org/events/odaf_northamerica_2008.php

We would like to express thanks the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) for its support and assistance in making this event possible.

DDI/SDMX Workshop, Washington, DC, Dec 2nd

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The Next Frontier in Documenting Survey Data: What Data Producers and Archivists Need to Know about DDI, XML and SDMX
December 2, 2008
9:30am – 3:30pm EDT
4350 East West Highway Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814

This free, 1-day workshop, sponsored by NORC at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the Open Data Foundation, is intended for a non-technical audience and is targeted at data producers and archivists. The objectives of the workshop are twofold:
- To provide an introduction to the basics of some emerging data documentation standards, such as the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), eXtensible Markup Language (XML), and Statistical
Data and Metadata Exchange Standard (SDMX) and
- To encourage adoption of these emerging data documentation standards.

See attached brochure for further information.

PLEASE RSVP to Timothy M. Mulcahy by November 17, 2008
@ mulcahy-tim@norc.uchicago.edu
Or call 301-634-9352

DDI 3.0 Workshop, Dagstuhl, Germany, Nov 3-7 2008

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Using DDI 3.0 to Support Preservation, Management, Access, and Dissemination Systems for Social Science Data

November 3 – 7, 2008
GESIS Workshop at the Leibniz Center for Informatics
Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany

Course Instructors:
Arofan Gregory (Open Data Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Wendy L. Thomas (Minnesota Population Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Joachim Wackerow (GESIS-ZUMA, Mannheim, Germany)

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) has produced an international XML standard for the use of lifecycle information about social science research data. Version 3.0 was published in April 2008. DDI facilitates the automation of documentation and production systems for the delivery of social science data. This workshop is geared toward the staff of archives and data producing agencies. The five-day structure of this workshop provides the participants with an opportunity for in-depth assistance on the specialized features of DDI that are important to their organization’s activities.

New features in DDI 3.0 support:
- metadata capture from planning and production to dissemination and analysis
- reuse of metadata to drive subsequent production or analysis processes
- ISO 11179 compliant data registries such as question, variable, and concept banks
- grouping of study series for longitudinal and comparative research
- capturing comparative information for the creation of harmonized data
- improved capture of archival information for data organization and management

The workshop provides the opportunity to get an in-depth look at this major new release of DDI. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the DDI Alliance. Further information on DDI can be found below.

Intended audience: anyone interested in DDI, no prior knowledge of DDI or XML is required.

Further information on the workshop is available at the GESIS workshop pages:
http://www.gesis.org/Veranstaltungen/ZUMA/Workshops/WS_2008/DDI_2008-11.htm

Upcoming ODaF meetings in Europe and US

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The Open Data Foundation is pleased to announce that an ODaF Europe 2008 meeting will take place at the UK Data Archive on April 14-15. This regional event is open to all members as well as individuals and agencies interested to learn more about ODaF or to share ideas. For further information and registration, see
http://www.opendatafoundation.org/events/odaf_europe_2008.php

Looking into the future, we currently anticipate holding a US regional meeting on Oct 2-3 at the Sun Microsystems headquarters in Manhattan, NY and our Annual Meeting in Washington DC in December. The Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Germany and the Open Data Foundation (ODaF) are also happy to announce that ODaF Europe 2009 will be hosted on the IZA campus in Bonn next spring (details to be announced in time).