News, Events, Annoucements

Wolfram Data Summit, Sep 8-9, Washington DC

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

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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Data Governance and Information Quality Conference 2011

December 23rd, 2010

The Data Governance and Information Quality Conference, formerly the Data Governance Conference and IDQ Conference, will be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego on June 27-30, 2011.

This event is the world’s largest conference dedicated to data governance and information and data quality.

DGIQ 2011 will feature six conference tracks and four full days of presentations and tutorials

For more information, visit:

EDDI10 presentations available on-line

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

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

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

SDMX Global Conference, May 2-4, Washington DC

November 18th, 2010

The SDMX Global Conference will be held on 2-4 May 2011 in Washington DC and to be jointly hosted by the World Bank and IMF. It will be devoted to making a business case to Statistical Managers, sharing SDMX experiences in country and for capacity building.

The SDMX Global Conference 2011 will be focusing on SDMX advocacy and capacity building, keeping it as non-technical as possible. Efforts are being made to reach subject domain experts to make them aware of SDMX and ask them to promote SDMX in this Global Conference.

For further information and registration, visit

IHSN: Principles and Good Practice for Preserving Data

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

ODaF Event: Semantic Statistics, Tilburg University, Netherlands, July 7th-8th

June 8th, 2010

The ODaF Europe 2010 meeting will take place at the Library and IT Services, Tilburg University, Netherlands on July 7th-8th. This year’s theme focuses on the rapidly growing topic of Semantic Statistics. The presentations and discussions will focus on recent activity regarding SDMX, DDI, ISO/IEC 11179, RDF serialization, and the standards and technologies involved in the Linked Data Web.

Due to limited capacity and the large interest on this topic, this event is by invitation only. ODaF members as well as individuals and agencies
( If you are unable attend and wish to submit questions, ideas or suggestions to the speakers and participants, we encourage you to submit by email to Rob.

Please visit our web site at for further information and agenda.

We would like to express our thanks to our sponsors – Tilburg University, DANS, SURF and LarKC – for their generosity, support and assistance in making this event possible.

World Bank Group Opens Data to All

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