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Original Language Documentation for the European Values Study

Presenter 1
Wolfgang Zenk-Moltgen
GESIS - Leibniz-Institut fur Sozialwissenschaften
Presenter 2
Evelyn Brislinger
GESIS - Leibniz-Institut fur Sozialwissenschaften

For repeated comparative surveys like the European Values Study (EVS) conducted in 1980, 1990, 1999, and 2008 metadata management becomes more and more challenging. The EVS is a longitudinal survey research program, carried out in now 46 countries under the responsibility of the European Values Study Foundation. The original language documentation was started in cooperation with the EVS-countries, CEPS Luxembourg, and EVS at Tilburg University with the aims to assist the primary investigators with the development and translation of the questionnaire for the 2008 wave and to support user friendly comparisons of the wording of questions and answers used in the different languages for comparative analyses. For this purpose a procedure was developed to document the original languages. The documentation process has been supported by two programs developed by GESIS: the Dataset Documentation Manager (DSDM), which allows the language specific documentation on variable level and the export into a DDI 2 compatible format, and the CodebookExplorer (CBE), a special tool to manage complex data and metadata. The translation process was done by a web-based translation system (WebTrans) provided by Gallup Europe. The original language documentation will be published in the GESIS Online Study Catalogue ZACAT (a Nesstar server).

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