Membership

The DDI Alliance is a self-sustaining membership organization supporting the creation and development of the DDI specification as an international metadata standard for documenting social science data. The DDI Alliance welcomes the participation of diverse organizations in for-profit or not-for-profit educational, commercial, or governmental organizations that want to have a voice in the decision-making process for the standard.

See a list of our Current Member Organizations and Representatives.

Full Membership

Member organizations are entitled to send one representative to annual meetings of the DDI Alliance and to meetings of the Scientific Board, the group that develops and provides stewardship for the DDI specification. Rules and guidelines for the Alliance are delineated in a set of Bylaws.

Membership in the Alliance

Membership in the Alliance is open to for-profit or not-for-profit educational, commercial, or governmental organizations that want to have a voice in the decision-making process for the standard. Member institutions are entitled to send one representative to annual meetings of the DDI Alliance and to meetings of the Scientific Board, the group that develops and provides stewardship for the DDI specification. Rules and guidelines for the Alliance are delineated in a set of Bylaws.

Membership Fee

The DDI Alliance member fee structure is a tiered pricing structure based on organization size and membership benefits. The basic membership fee for OECD countries for Fiscal Year 2017, which began on July 1, 2016, is $3000.  See other fees in the table below.

Membership Categories & Benefits:

Contributor Membership.  Contributor membership is designed to enable organizations (particularly small government agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit associations) to participate fully in the work of the DDI Alliance. Contributor members have all the rights and obligations described in the Bylaws. Contributor members are authorized to use the DDI Alliance logo on their websites.

Premium Membership.  Premium membership provides all the rights and obligations described in the Bylaws, with additional marketing and visibility benefits. Premium Members are featured on the DDI Alliance website and are authorized to use a “DDI Alliance Premium Member ” logo on their own website. It is expected that Premium members would include software vendors providing products or services based on DDI, large users or implementers of DDI, serious stakeholders in the mission of the DDI Alliance, and any organization that finds value in having its contributions and commitment to DDI publicly recognized.

Annual Dues (USD) -- Fiscal Year 2017 (Beginning July 1, 2016)

Organization type/size

Membership

 

Premium

Contributor

OECD*

Country

Non-OECD*

Country

Educational and non-profit organizations

4,500

3,000

1,500

Government organizations

 

 

 

  Employing > 500

7,500

5,000

2,500

  Employing 100-500

6,000

4,000

2,000

  Employing 1-99

4,500

3,000

1,500

For-profit companies including vendors

 

 

 

  Employing 10,000+

30,000

20,000

10,000

  Employing 5,000-9,999

22,500

15,000

7,500

  Employing 500-4999

15,000

10,000

5,000

  Employing 100-499

10,500

7,000

3,500

  Employing 10-99

7,500

5,000

2,500

  Employing < 10

4,500

3,000

1,500

*OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) categories signify a fee structure for organizations established within OECD member countries. Non-OECD country categories are included to encourage a broader, more inclusive membership body of organizations.

Directed Contributions

If a member wishes to speed the development of DDI to accomplish a particular objective, it can make a contribution for development toward this goal. This contribution would be in addition to its annual fee. The member may wish, for example, to enhance the specification with a new module. This would be subject to an approval process as specified by the Bylaws which state that “Every proposal for a modification to an existing specification goes through a standard review process.”  These additional commitments of support may be in cash or in-kind contributions (for example, delivery of an agreed module).

Associate Membership

While the standard fee-based membership is strongly recommended as the best option for membership, the Alliance also offers the Associate Membership option, which does not require a membership fee and does not carry voting rights.  Each Associate Member appoints a senior officer of the organization to sit on the DDI Alliance Expert Committee "with voice, but without vote." Associate member organizations are expected to engage one or more members of their staff in Alliance working groups as a condition of this category of membership. 

For more information on joining this effort, please contact the DDI Secretariat, which is housed at ICPSR, at: ddisecretariat@umich.edu. Or send us an email using the form below:

I'd like more information about becoming a member of the DDI Alliance: 

For more information on joining this effort, please contact the DDI Secretariat, which is housed at ICPSR, at ddisecretariat@umich.edu or use the online form. A membership form and member representatives form are also available.