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Official Release of the Data Documentation Initiative 3.0

May 21, 2008 -- The Alliance for the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is pleased to announce the official release of Version 3.0 of the DDI XML specification for documenting social science data. This long awaited version of the DDI represents a major advance by fully incorporating XML Schemas and moving to a data life cycle approach. We thank all the members of the DDI working groups as well as DDI users who have volunteered their time and efforts over the past years to make this specification a reality. more...

Data Seal of Approval

Anyone who archives his or her data also would like them to be found, recognized and still usable in the future. That is not a matter of course with electronic data. After all, hardware and software are changing all the time. Making data future-proof can be accomplished by ensuring that data sets and metadata meet certain guidelines. In consultation with large data producers and managers, DANS laid down what those guidelines need to be in its 'Datakeurmerk', which will continue to be developed further.

Anyone who archives his or her data also would like them to be found, recognized and still usable in the future. That is not a matter of course with electronic data. After all, hardware and software are changing all the time. Making data future-proof can be accomplished by ensuring that data sets and metadata meet certain guidelines. In consultation with large data producers and managers, DANS laid down what those guidelines need to be in its 'Datakeurmerk', which will continue to be developed further.

The quality guidelines of this seal of approval for data are intended to ensure that in the future, research data can still be processed in a high-quality and reliable manner, without this entailing new thresholds, regulations or high costs. They may be of interest to research institutions, to organizations that archive data, and to users of those data. The document that lays down the quality guidelines of the 'Datakeurmerk', can be downloaded at: http://www.datasealofapproval.org

Contact DANS: Dr. Henk Harmsen henk.harmsen at dans.knaw.nl

With regards, Laurents Sesink

IASSIST 2008 Accommodations and Registration Reminder

Happy Earth Day to everyone!!

Hope your day is filled with loads of celebratory reducing, renewing, and recycling.

Registration for this year's IASSIST Conference (May 27-30): "Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation" is proceeding at a rumbling pace, and the five conference hotels have been filling with eager California-bound IASSISTers.

Opportunity to suggest enhancements to American FactFinder

[copied from a post to the IASSIST membership list by Terrence Bennett.] I'm sure that this announcement will show up on a lot of lists, but in case you haven't yet seen it elsewhere, here it is.

The Census Bureau is enhancing "American FactFinder," the Internet gateway for downloading data from the Census, the American Community Survey, and other selected Census Bureau resources.

If you would like to suggest enhancements to AFF (or just to learn about the enhancements that are already planned), you can do so at:

UNdata, UN Common Database and UN COMTRADE

I took a long look at UNData the other day and came away thinking "pretty; looks functional; how does it relate to other UN products, esp. the ones we're paying for". I sent those questions to the feedback address and Mr. Zoltan Nagy responded with the following helpful information. Thought I'd share in case others had the same questions... more...

Data curation, institutional repositories and e-Research

Luis Martinez-Uribe, Digital Repositories Research Co-ordinator, is based at the Oxford e-Research Centre and will be conducting a scoping study to capture researcher's needs for repository services to manage, curate, preserve and disseminate research data generated in Oxford.

A new blog (http://oxdrrc.blogspot.com/) has been set-up to record the progress of the project while disseminating outputs and information about relevant activities. If you are interested in following the progress of this project you can subscribe to the RSS feed (http://oxdrrc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default)

posted for Luis by Robin Rice

DDI, institutional repositories, and numeric data mashups

Announcing new deliverables from the DISC-UK DataShare project:

Both briefing papers can be retrieved from http://www.disc-uk.org/deliverables.html .

There is also a new "Collective Intelligence" page with a tag cloud to links from our social bookmarks of reports, websites, and blogs related to the project themes. http://www.disc-uk.org/collective.html

A newsfeed of deliverables and new bookmarks is available from the project blog at http://jisc-datashare.blogspot.com/

Contributed by Robin Rice

More on polling cellphone users

Cellphone Numbers Just Don't Add Much To Political Polling, By Carl Bialik, Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2008.

Cellphones Challenge Poll Sampling

A new report from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports preliminary results that have implications for surveys that rely on telephone interviews. (Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January – June 2007, by Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics.) more...

IASSIST 2008 - Call for Papers!

Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation The 34th International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) annual conference will be held at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, May 27-30, 2008. This year's conference, Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation, examines the role of technology and tools in various aspects of the data life cycle.

The theme of this conference addresses how technology can affect aspects of data stewardship throughout the data lifecycle. The methods and media by which data are collected, shared, analyzed and saved are ever-changing, from punch cards and legal pads to online-surveys and tag clouds. There has been an explosion of data sources and topics; vast changes in compilation and dissemination methods; increasing awareness about access and associated licensing and privacy issues; and growing concern about the safeguarding and protection of valuable data resources for future use. The 2008 conference is an opportunity to discuss the role of technology – past, present, and future – in all of these arenas. We seek submissions of papers, poster/demonstration sessions, and panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Issues and techniques for preserving "old" data as well as information "born digital"
  • Methods, technology and questions surrounding data dissemination, including best practices and innovations
  • Archival and preservation challenges presented by new processes
  • Metadata
  • Innovation in the use of data for teaching and research
  • The legal issues surrounding new technologies
  • Changes in resource discovery methods
  • Data services in virtual spaces
  • Providing services to users with different degrees of technical "savvy"
  • Tools and spaces for research collaboration

Papers on other topics related to the conference theme will also be considered. The deadline for paper, session, and poster/demonstration proposals is December 17, 2007. The Conference Program Committee will send notification of the acceptance of proposals by February 8, 2008.

Individual presentation proposals and session proposals are welcome. Proposals for complete sessions, typically a panel of three to four presentations within a 90-minute session, should provide information on the focus of the session, the organizer or moderator, and possible participants. The session organizer will be responsible for securing session participants. Organizers as well as panel participants are also welcome to submit additional paper proposals but please note that Conference Program Committee may need to limit the number of presentations per person.

Proposals for papers, sessions, and poster/demonstrations should include the proposed title and an abstract no longer than 200 words. Longer abstracts will be returned to be shortened before being considered. Please note that all presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the conference. Registration for individual days will be available.

Proposals can be submitted via email to: iassist08@gmail.com

A conference website with on-line submission form will be available shortly. A separate call for workshops is also forthcoming.

-- IASSIST 2008 Palo Alto, CA 27-30 May 2008

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect

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    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

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