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DDI Handbook: Overview and examples of recommended best practices

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Joachim Wackerow
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

This session introduces the DDI Handbook Project. Building upon previous efforts at various DDI workshops, the project will produce a collection of best practices on using DDI. These best practice descriptions will be modular with a homogeneous format, allowing reorganization in multiple ways. The primary structure for the collection will be organized in alignment with the DDI Lifecycle. A goal will be to involve the DDI community in producing a shared body of resources for all organizations and individuals using the DDI specification. Best practices will be reviewed by a team of editors and reviewers and published on a dedicated website. The presentation will describe the overall project and some of the specific best practices which will appear in the initial collection. These will include guidelines for archives introducing DDI into their workflow and other institutions already using DDI Codebook and shifting some of their workflow to DDI Lifecycle. Another area will be utilizing DDI for data discovery.

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