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Representation of the Data Documentation Initiative using Semantic Web Technologies

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Thomas Bosch
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an effort to create an international standard for describing data from the social and behavioral sciences. In order to establish DDI as a de facto metadata standard in this field DDI should reach a broader audience. The target group could be expanded if DDI structures are used in the increasingly popular Linked Open Data network. The approach is to publish data and metadata in form of a standard based exchange format like the widely accepted and applied Resource Description Framework (RDF), a Semantic Web technology specified by the W3C. Use cases will be exemplified in which specific problems can’t be resolved without or could be solved in a better way using the RDF representation of data and metadata specified in DDI 3. In order to describe data and metadata specified in DDI 3 in form of RDF an ontology has to be built based on the conceptual model of DDI 3. This ontology should encompass the most relevant DDI 3 components. The outline of this approach will be described. Possible applications using the RDF representation of data and metadata will be discussed to show solutions for the issues associated with the identified use cases.

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