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Finding the Right Tags in DDI 3.0: A Beginner's Experience

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Claudia Lehnert
Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency, IAB

The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) is associated with the Federal Employment Agency in Germany. We decided to establish a new database organized according to the DDI 3.0 standard for our documentation. One initial task was to build the DDI 3.0 structure for our most complex data example, to make sure that all needed metadata would be supported. For this purpose the Integrated Employment Biographies (IEB) were selected. The IEB is a merged dataset, containing data on employment, benefit receipt, participation in measures of active labour market policy, and jobseeker status. These data come from many different sources, which produce many difficulties. For example, harmonization of some variables is not possible, because the values are dependent on the sources, and are collected in different ways. Capturing such things in DDI 3.0 is not obvious, and some difficulties were encountered. This presentation focuses on how these types of challenges were resolved, to allow for the DDI 3.0 model to be used with our documentation systems.

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