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Facilitating Process and Metadata-Driven Automation in the Social, Economic, and Behavioural Sciences with the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)

Arofan Gregory, , Joachim Wackerow

Date: 12.10 - 16.10.2015 ics-file

Location: Dagstuhl/Wadern, Germany

About the lecturer - Arofan Gregory

About the lecturer - Joachim Wackerow

Course description

This workshop will provide an introduction to using the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard to enable many of the processes common to the social, behavioural, and economic sciences, from the conceptualization of surveys through data collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination. The focus of the workshop will be on the Lifecycle branch of DDI, version 3.2, which provides a detailed model of the metadata needed to support both human-driven and automated processing. The workshop will be organized in a task-oriented manner, with participants actively documenting real-world use cases in order to learn how best to employ the DDI model and associated technology. The use cases produced can be published as the final output of the workshop, as a resource to the broader DDI community. Participants are encouraged to bring their own organizational use cases.
About the Instructors

Arofan Gregory (metadata standards expert), Wendy L. Thomas (chair of TC), and Joachim Wackerow (vice-chair of TC) are active in the Technical Committee (TC) of the DDI Alliance. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the DDI Alliance.

Location & Practical Information

The workshop will take place at the Leibniz Center for Informatics, Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany. The location provides an intense working atmosphere in a relaxing environment.

Please take additional costs for board and lodging (70¬/night/person) into account. For details please click on the link below and go to the section 'accommodation'.

Find further information about the venue and practical information here.

Target group

The workshop is aimed at data producers, managers, and users who are not already experts in the DDI, or who wish to become more familiar with the latest version of the standard (version 3.2).

Learning objectives

There will also be information provided about DDI RDF Vocabularies and the envisioned shift in future versions of DDI Lifecycle to a model-based approach  the style of modeling and some of the standard implementation syntaxes (RDF and XML) will be covered. The workshop will include hands-on exercises and work within break-out groups on specific use cases, but will be accessible to participants with all levels of technical expertise.


The workshop is open to anyone interested in the topic. The workshop is held in English.

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