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Collaboration in Data Documentation: Developing "STARDAT - The Data Archiving Suite"

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Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Providing high quality data and documentation is a major demand on archives and researchers in the field of survey research. GESIS has been developing tools to increase standardized documentation processes on study level and on dataset level (e.g. DBKEdit, a web-based editing system for bi-lingual study descriptions, or DSDM for language specific documentation on variable level). However, the challenges of the DDI Version 3 and the collaboration needs at different stages of the data life cycle leaded to the awareness that an integrated management system for metadata is needed. Therefore GESIS started a project to develop "STARDAT - The Data Archiving Suite". It will be based on DDI 3 and will contain modules for structured metadata capture, management, and administration. STARDAT will be integrated into the workflow between data depositors, data managers, and data users. For this reason, a web-based data ingest module will be provided, that allows researchers to deliver metadata already when the project starts. Requirements of data curation, data documentation, data publication, and long-term availability will be incorporated. STARDAT will allow multi-language documentation on study and variable level, as well as the inclusion of further information, e.g. about related publications, classifications, continuity guides, scales or trends.

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