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January 2013

North American DDI Conference April 2013

Registration is now open for NADDI 2013 ( The North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) is an opportunity for those using DDI and those interested in learning more about it to come together and learn from each other. Patterned after the successful European DDI conference (EDDI), NADDI 2013 will be a two day conference with invited and contributed presentations. This conference should be of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines. Training sessions will follow the conference. One focus of the first year's conference will be on the use of DDI by individual research teams through the data lifecycle.  

Please note that thanks to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a limited number of reduced rate registrations for graduate students are available.


Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jay Greenfield of Booz Allen Hamilton where he is the semantic architect for a DDI Lifecycle based metadata system that supports the National Children's Study (NCS).


The conference will be held in the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas on April 2 and 3 2013. An opening night reception will be held April 1, and workshops will be held on April 4.


The call for papers is also now open through January 31, 2013.


For more information visit the conference web site at or email .

40 years of IASSIST Conferences: Toronto to host IASSIST 2014

IASSIST Members,

I'm pleased to announce that IASSIST's 40th anniversary conference in 2014 has been awarded to the city where it all started - Toronto, Canada!

Come join us to celebrate June 3-6, 2014, where local hosts from Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and York University are looking forward to quoting Tourism Toronto's greeting of "Welcome to Toronto! We've been expecting you!"

Meanwhile, our friends at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences are gearing up to host IASSIST 2013 in Cologne, Germany from May 28 –31.  The theme of this year's conference is "Data Innovation:  Increasing Accessibility, Visibility, and Sustainability."  Stay tuned for conference acceptances notices; they will be delivered by February 5.

Finally, I'm currently accepting proposals for IASSIST 2015 and beyond.  If your organization is interested in hosting a future IASSIST conference, please drop me a note; you will find more information about hosting at

Bis Köln,

Bill Block

IASSIST President

(U.S.) C2ER offering Basic Analyst training in March in DC


The Council for Community and Economic Research will be offering Basic Analyst Training in March in Washington, DC.  Expensive reg, but looks interesting.


(Limited seats available)

The purpose of this training is to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of those new to community and economic development research.  This training provides an overview of key data sources and effective techniques to conduct research in support of economic development strategies.  Participants will discover that while there is lots of data, focusing on a few important elements and using a few proven techniques can provide tremendous insight into the local economic condition and monitoring progress over time.  Training participants also engage in hands-on exercises to find and analyze data within a framework of answering practical, real-world questions that policymakers and practitioners encounter.  For example, when asked to perform quality of life benchmarking, track local trends, or develop information in support of business recruitment, industry cluster building, economic impact assessments, incentive awards, and planning efforts.  Ways to effectively communicate the results from this research to plicy leaders and practitioners are covered. Learn more here.

Participants will learn:

  • Important Data Sources by Topic Area
    • Business & Employment
    • Consumer Activity
    • Demographic
    • Education
    • Residential and Commercial Real Estate
    • Tax Structure & Incentives
    • Transportation & Utilities
    • Quality of Life
    • Workforce
  • Basic Analytic Techniques
  • Basic Industry & Cluster Analysis
  • Business Location Factors
  • Principles of Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis
  • Primary Data Collection & Survey Methodologies
  • Key Customers & Their Information Needs

Patty Silverstein, President, Development Research Partners
Martin Romitti, Senior Vice President, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Registration Fees:
Before March 1, 2012
C2er Members/LMI Training Institute Member States* - $650
Non-Members - $780

After March 1, 2012
C2er/LMI Training Institute Members* - $780
Non-Members - $935

*Member rates are available to LMI Training Institute Member State staff and C2ER Members. 

New members may obtain member rates by including their membership application and payment with their registration. Learn more about becoming a C2ER Mmeber here.

For registration, course content, or logistical questions, please contact Spencer Abrams (703) 522-4980 x1027.

The Denton Declaration: An Open Data Manifesto

On May 22, 2012 at the University of North Texas (UNT), a group of technologists, librarians, scholars, researchers, university administrators, and other stakeholders gathered to discuss and articulate best practices and emerging trends in research data management. This declaration bridges the converging interests of these stakeholders and promotes collaboration, transparency, and accountability across organizational and disciplinary boundaries. Declarations that emerged included the following:

  • Open access to research data is critical for advancing science, scholarship, and society.
  • Research data, when repurposed, has an accretive value.
  • Publicly funded research should be publicly available for public good.
  • Transparency in research is essential to sustain the public trust.
  • The validation of research data by the peer community is an essential function of the responsible conduct of research.
  • Managing research data is the responsibility of a broad community of stakeholders including researchers, funders, institutions, libraries, archivists, and the public.

For more information, see the web page of the Denton Declaration.

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