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Utilizing DDI-Lifecycle in the STARDAT Project to Manage Data Documentation

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

The STARDAT project at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is an effort to develop an integrated metadata management system for social science datasets at the Data Archive for the Social Sciences. It will transfer the features of current applications and tools into a modular software suite that is compatible with current metadata standards like DDI-Codebook and DDI-Lifecycle. It covers multi-language documentation on study and variable-level, and enables long-term preservation and export into different publishing portals like the GESIS Data Catalogue, ZACAT, CESSDA Data Portal, Sowiport, and da|ra. During the development phase of the project, the Data Archive faces additional demands on data archiving. Some of those challenges are new data types, persistent identifiers, highly structured or multi-level datasets, data collected in experimental research, or process data. These requirements lead to an update of the metadata schema and additional functional requirements for STARDAT. The presentation will focus on the development of the conceptual model and will show comparisons or mappings with other metadata models, e.g. from the Data Catalogue, da|ra, DataCite, Dublin Core, and the DDI ontology. Technical considerations and the implementation of the model will be considered according to the stage that they are in the development process.

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