News, Events, Annoucements

Archive for February, 2008

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

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

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).

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.