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W5: Hands-On DDI 3.0 - Concept, Structure, and Tools

Presenter 1
Jim Jacobs
University of California, San Diego
Presenter 2
Wendy Thomas
University of Minnesota

This workshop is Part 2 of a two-part workshop, with the first part offered in the morning as Workshop 1 (A Gentle Introduction to DDI - What's in it for Me?).

DDI Version 3.0 is currently under review by the DDI Expert Committee and expected to move into public review following the DDI meeting during IASSIST. This long-anticipated move toward a modular approach based on the data life cycle brings increased coverage of comparative data, an instrumentation/questionnaire module, and data management provisions. The new version also raises questions as to what it means for current users of DDI 1 or 2 and what it means for data archivists and programmers. This two-part workshop will cover the broad questions of version differences, new 3.0 features, and the future of the DDI and data documentation (Part 1, Workshop 1, classroom format), and then address the practical aspects of migration to 3.0, metadata creation, and available tools (Part 2, Workshop 5, lab format). Attendees can register for the full-day workshop or either half-day session, depending on their needs and interests.

This will be a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own DDI files and documentation for lab work, but samples will be provided.

Topics to be covered:

  • Quick overview of conceptual changes from DDI 1/2 to 3
  • Specifics of DDI 3: reusable classes, time, geography, comparative, instrument
  • Logical vs. physical structure of data
  • Migrating from DDI 2 to 3
  • Existing and planned tools and their functionality
  • Examples of use

Intended Audience: Attendees of the morning session and those already familiar with DDI 1 or 2. The afternoon workshop will present more specific information about technical details of DDI 3.

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