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A DDI resource package for the International Standard for Classification of Education (ISCED)

Presenter 1
Joachim Wackerow
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Presenter 2
Hilde Orten
Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)

The International Standard for Classification of Education (ISCED) is at the heart of national and international statistical agencies' reporting on education. Over the last years, ISCED is also increasingly used by official and non-official survey programmes in the measurement of educational attainment. This even if ISCED 1997, the current version of the standard up to recently, is quite complex and does not contain a classification of educational attainment. In November 2011, UNESCO launched a new ISCED version. ISCED 2011 has a numeric coding framework, separate classifications for educational programmes and educational attainment, and more details at the level of tertiary education. Conceptual clarifications compared to the previous version are also made, and in sum ISCED has become more user-friendly. It is thus expected that its use will increase in the coming years. The DDI Lifecycle has a storing module called a resource package, that structures materials for publication that are intended for reuse by multiple studies, projects or user communities. This presentation focuses on how ISCED 2011 metadata components usefully can be structured in a DDI resource package, for the benefit of reuse by reference by national and international statistical agencies, as well as official and non-official survey programmes.

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