About the DDI Alliance

The DDI Alliance is comprised of its Member and Associate Member Organizations and is governed by an Executive Board, a Scientific Board, and a Technical Committee. In addition, there are working groups that focus on developing specific areas of DDI.

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DDI Alliance Foundational Documents: 

Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for managing the operations of the Alliance. Activities include:

  • Select a Host Institution to house the Executive Director and Secretariat and to assume financial and legal responsibility for the Alliance.
  • Set overall policy and budget for the Alliance
  • Provide strategic guidance and review of the Alliance’s activities.
  • Appoint an Executive Director for the Alliance for a five-year, renewable term.
  • Oversee the management of the financial affairs of the Alliance on behalf of the Members.
  • Set Alliance membership fees and length of membership term for each institutional classification of membership subject to the ratification by formal resolution at the Annual Meeting of Members.
  • Set fees for use of Alliance registered trademarks, certification marks, and collective marks or copyright material and for Alliance-sponsored activities and products.
  • Make decisions on allocation of funds for innovative work and testing.
  • Form Working Groups to perform specific duties.

A small Secretariat is maintained in order to administer day-to-day operations.

See Executive Board membership and meeting minutes

Scientific Board

The Scientific Board is responsible for the scientific and technical work in developing the DDI specification. Activities include:

  • Contribute to the substantive content of DDI standards and semantic products and approve major version revisions.
  • Evaluate technical proposals through the Alliance standards review process.
  • Undertake research and testing concerning proposals for DDI standards and semantic products.
  • Develop and promulgate best practices for use of DDI standards and semantic products.
  • Assess progress and barriers to progress.
  • Suggest future directions and activities for the Alliance.

See Scientific Board membership and meeting minutes

Technical Committee

The Scientific Board maintains a standing Technical Committee whose purpose is to model, render, maintain, and update the DDI specifications to meet community needs and align with Alliance strategic goals. The TC receives input from substantive working groups of the Scientific Board, DDI users and developers, and other interested parties.

The Technical Committee maintains its membership and minutes on the DDI Collaboration Wiki (click here).

Working Groups

Working Groups advise the Executive Board or the Scientific Board on relevant topics and activities related to the operation, development and future of the Alliance and its specifications and semantic products. Anyone affiliated with a member organization with relevant knowledge and expertise on the given subject may apply to join a working group. Each group must have a designated leader for managing the work and reporting to its authorizing body.

See current Working Groups