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NADDI Conference to Take Place in Vancouver, March 31-April 2, 2014

Research data management has become an important global issue as funding agencies, publishers, and disciplines increasingly require the sharing of publicly funded data.  The Open Data movement treats curated data as a valuable resource available to support new research with the potential for new discoveries. Furthermore, the expectation that research findings can be replicated is pressuring researchers to make their data understandable and useable by others. Both the replication and reuse of research data is highly dependent on properly documented data. The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) provides two structured metadata specifications for describing the content and context of data about individuals or organizations (microdata) in the health, social, and behavioural sciences. This community-maintained standard for microdata is internationally recognized as a best practice in preparing, sharing, and preserving data.

 
Interested in learning more? Please join us in Vancouver for the second North American DDI Users Conference, to be held March 31-April 2, 2014. Organized by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta Libraries, and the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, the meeting will take place at at the Harbour Center, Simon Fraser University, with the theme"Documenting Reproducible Research." 

The Keynote Speaker for the conference is Ann Green. Ann is an independent research consultant focusing on the digital lifecycle of scholarly resources, including their creation, delivery, management, long-term stewardship, and preservation. She has significant history and experience with the DDI, serving on the original DDI committee in 1995 and coauthoring the first DDI specification. 

The conference will feature training sessions on Monday, March 31, and an opening reception that evening. Monday's training will cover an introduction to DDI in the morning and the use of DDI to document health-related data in the afternoon. Conference sessions focus on a wide range of innovative topics and projects -- from field-testing multilingual clinical assessments using DDI to chaining together existing DDI tools to documenting qualitative data.

We hope to see you there!

EDDI 2013 Draft Program Available and Registration Open

EDDI13, the 5th Annual European DDI User Conference, will take place on December 3-4 2013 in Paris. The conference is hosted by Réseau Quetelet, the French portal for data in the humanities and social sciences.

The conference will open on Tuesday, Dec 3rd, at 9:00am and close on Wednesday, Dec 4th, at 5:30pm.

Tutorials (included in the conference fee) will take place on Monday, Dec 2nd, at 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

A schedule overview and draft program are available at: http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/EDDI13/schedConf/program. The detailed program is in preparation.

Registration for participants and accommodation bookings are open. Please have a look at: http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/EDDI13/about/registration and http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/EDDI13/schedConf/accommodation#Accommodation.

Please note following important details:

The deadline of the early bird fee is open till October 27, 2013. The reduced rate of the main hotel is available till November 3, 2013. The conference has a maximum number of participants of 90 people.

Date Set for 2014 DDI Alliance Meeting of Members

The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, June 2, 2014, before the IASSIST conference, which will be held on June 3-6, 2014.

Second North American DDI User Conference to Take Place in Vancouver

The second annual North American DDI User Conference will take place at the Harbour Centre in Vancouver, Canada, on April 1-2, 2014, with workshops taking place the day before on March 31. Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and University of Alberta are co-hosts for the event. The program and Web site are currently being developed. If you would like to participate, please send email to larry [dot] hoyle [at] ku [dot] edu (Larry Hoyle)

Alliance Elects First Executive Board

The Alliance is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the Executive Board, the oversight body that is replacing the former Steering Committee.  Executive Board members include: 

  • Mari Kleemola, Finnish Social Science Data Service
  • Steve McEachern, Australian Data Archive
  • Ron Nakao, Stanford University
  • Gillian Nicoll, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Anita Rocha, University of Washington, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology
  • Leanne Trimble, University of Toronto Scholars Portal
  • George Alter, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (representing ICPSR as the Host Institution)

 The Executive Board is charged with setting Alliance policy and budget and providing strategic advice and guidance. 

GESIS Workshop to Provide DDI Training

A week-long DDI training workshop on the topic "“Facilitating Process and Metadata-Driven Automation in the Social, Economic, and Behavioural Sciences with the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)” will be held at Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, on October 21-25, 2013. More information is available at: http://www.gesis.org/en/events/gesis-workshops/ddi-2013/.

Call for Papers Announced -- EDDI Conference in Paris, December 3-4, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

5th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI13)

DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

Submission Deadline:  September 22, 2013

Place:                Paris, France

Date:                 December 3 - 4, 201

Hosted by:            Réseau Quetelet - French Data Archives for Social Sciences

EDDI 2013 is organized jointly by Réseau Quetelet - French Data Archives for Social Sciences, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

The meeting will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe and the world. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.

Call for Papers

We are seeking presentations, talks, papers, posters on all things DDI:

Case Studies
Mature implementations
Early Implementations
Interplay of DDI with other standards or technologies
Projects in early phases in which DDI is under consideration
Critiques of DDI

We strongly encourage papers in different areas to ensure that a broad balance of topics is covered which will attract the greatest breadth of participants, and we encourage conference participants to propose presentations, papers, and posters that would be of interest to themselves and other attendees.

The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Infrastructure for Data Collection, Research, and Archiving
Reusing and Sharing Metadata
DwB - Data without Boundaries
DASISH - Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities
Official Statistics
Software / Tools

Submission

Proposals are welcome for:

Regular presentations
Full papers
Complete sessions
Plenary presentations
Tutorials and workshops
Posters and software demonstrations

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please use the online submission system of the conference. The deadline for submissions is September 22, 2013. Please have a look at the Call for Paper page for further details.

General Information

For more information about the conference, see the conference web site at http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/eddi13.

For questions or any other correspondence regarding the EDDI13, please send an email to eddi2013 [at] googlegroups [dot] com.

For more information about the EDDI conference series and details on the previous EDDI conferences, look at http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/.
 

EDDI 2013 Date and Location Announced

The fifth European DDI Users Meeting (EDDI) will be hosted by Reseau Quetelet in Paris on December 3-4, 2013.

DDI Lifecycle 3.2 Public Review Period Extended

DDI Lifecycle 3.2 is now available at:
http://www.ddialliance.org/Specification/DDI-Lifecycle/3.2/
 
The period for Public Review and commenting has been extended till Friday, March 29, 2013.

NADDI 2013 Program Now Available

The program for the first annual North American Data Documentation Initiative (NADDI) Conference is now available at: http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/program.shtml
 
The NADDI Conference will take place on April 2 and 3 in Lawrence, Kansas and registration is now open. http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/registration.shtml.  Please register by March 5, 2013. A reduced registration rate is available for a limited number of graduate students.
 
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jay Greenfield http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/JayGreenfield.shtml of Booz Allen Hamilton where he is the semantic architect for a DDI Lifecycle based metadata system that supports the National Children's Study (NCS).
 
DDI is an international data standard for the observation and measurement of human activity. Although primarily used by quantitative social scientists, an increasing number of scientists in other disciplines are embracing DDI to document and manage their data and metadata. More information about DDI is available at: http://www.ddialliance.org/
 
The conference will be informative, interesting, and educational. There will be presentations on the use of DDI in research programs and data repositories, developments with DDI and demonstrations of new DDI tools. The NADDI Conference is an opportunity for those using DDI and those interested in learning more about it to come together and learn from each other. Patterned after the successful European DDI conference (EDDI), the conference will of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines.
 
Following the conference, on April 4, 2013, there will be a full day of training on the use of DDI. More information about the training is available at: http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/naddi/training.shtml
 
Major funding for the conference has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. More information about the foundation is available here: http://www.sloan.org/ .
 
The conference is hosted and sponsored by the Institute for Policy & Social Research (http://www.ipsr.ku.edu ),  KU Libraries (http://lib.ku.edu/), the DDI Alliance (http://www.ddialliance.org/).