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Prototype of Open Source Metadata Editor for Individual Researchers in Japan

Presenter 1
Yuki Yonekura
Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo
Presenter 2
Keiichi Sato
Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo

The Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA) plays the role of a major data provider for those who seek to analyze the Japanese society using micro data. Deposited datasets to the SSJDA are described in various formats and we have many works to create metadata of the each survey. This situation is not good for managing our archive. We thought this situation can be changed through disseminating the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI). Due to its complexity of the specification of the DDI, the metadata are often created with certain software such as Nesstar, Colectica and so on. With these applications, researchers can easily create DDI documents, but these applications are relatively expensive for individual researchers. In addition, Japanese researchers have difficulty to use them because of language barrier. Thus we are developing free software to edit DDI documents. In this presentation, we will show a prototype of open source metadata editor and its process.

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