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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: