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Conference Presentations 2006

  • IASSIST 2006-Data in a World of Networked Knowledge, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
    Host Institution: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan School of Information Science, and the University of Michigan Library

E1: DDI for the Next Decade: Toward Version 3.0 (Part 1) (Thu, 2006-05-25)
Chair:Ron Nakao, Stanford University

  • Problems of Comparability in the German Microcensus Over Time and the New DDI Version 3.0
    Jeanette Bohr (GESIS/ZUMA (Centre for Survey Research and Methodology))
    Andrea Janssen (GESIS/ZUMA (Centre for Survey Research and Methodology))
    Joachim Wackerow (GESIS/ZUMA (Centre for Survey Research and Methodology))


    The improvements of the new DDI version 3.0 (Data Documentation Initiative) will make it possible to document the coherences and variations of different census years on the basis of a standardized structure. This concept is realized in DDI 3.0 by the grouping model. The application of the new model will be illustrated by a selected documentation example of the German Microcensus. The Microcensus is a representative annual population sample containing structural population data of 1 percent of all households in Germany. A synoptical table including all variables for selected years shows which variables are comparable over time. This approach facilitates the work with Microcensuses of multiple years. To represent variable inconsistency in DDI, the grouping model offers the possibility to define information as a standard on a top level and to capture variations or additions on a lower level. The presentation will highlight the realization of the grouping model concerning the comparability of variables over time. Opportunities and limitations of documentation with DDI 3.0 will be pointed out and appropriate technical designs will be presented.

  • DDI Version 3 and Instrument Documentation
    Karl Dinkelmann (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)


    This presentation will cover an overview of the work that the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Instrument Documentation working group has completed, leading up to the proposal of the Instrument Documentation (ID) Module to the DDI Structural Reform Group. We will delve 'lightly' into aspects of the new DDI-ID module, including, but not withstanding, new and exciting additions that allow more versatility in documenting survey instruments. We will present issues that have appeared as the IDWG reviewed the schema for the DDI-ID modules.


E2: Archival Partners: Handling "Born Digital" Materials (Thu, 2006-05-25)
Chair:Peggy Adams, National Archives and Records Administration

  • ICPSR and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library: Two Decades of Collaboration
    Peter Granda (ICPSR, University of Michigan)
  • NARA – Roper Center Collaboration: USIA Office of Research Surveys 1952-1999
    Marc Maynard (Roper Center)
    Michael Carlson (National Archives and Records Administration )

E3: Applications for Managing and Distributing Geospatial Data (Thu, 2006-05-25)
Chair:Michal Paneth-Peleg, The Hebrew University

  • An Update from Statistics Canada
    Bernie Gloyn (Statistics Canada)


    In 1971, Statistics Canada became one of the first agencies to utilise a Geographic Information System (GIS) in support of the Canadian Census. Today, GIS is a integral part of a number of statistical programs at the Agency useful for internal operations, analysis and dissemination. Bernie Gloyn, formerly Assistant Director of the Geography Division, will review how the agency is making use of GIS in its statistical program and new developments to expect with the 2006 Census. This presentation will touch on the geography products/tools available from the 2001 Census, a historical perspective on Census data by some unique geographies, the available 2005 road network files before the Census, improvements with the postal code file, and what is coming for 2006.

  • Leveraging Resources through Partnerships: A Case Study of a Distributed Web Mapping Service
    Michele Hayslett (North Carolina State University Libraries)


    North Carolina State University Libraries began a project in Fall 2005 focusing on deployment of a census data map service via the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service (WMS) protocol. The map service will be exposed for use within the NC OneMap system, which draws on map services made available from state, local, and federal agencies, and which serves as a component of the National Map. Through this partnership with the state GIS agency, the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA), a gap in availability of demographic data within NC OneMap will be filled. The session will include discussion of the decision-making process regarding variable selection; a brief description of the technical setup and partnership arrangements with CGIA; and analysis of implementation issues.

  • Got Data? Google Map It!
    Paul Bern (Syracuse University)


    Google Maps is the latest in Web delivery of GIS and data. Several sites have used Google's free Web interface to their mapping capability to show crime rates, apartment listings, and more. With some knowledge of Javascript, Perl and/or PHP, and a good database, anyone can deploy Web-based interactive maps. This presentation will discuss some of the applications already in use as well as explain some of the steps and details in creating a Google Map application for obtaining census information for the city of Syracuse, NY.


D1: Data Life Cycle Management and the Digital Repository: FEDORA-Based Initiatives (Thu, 2006-05-25)
Chair:Robin Rice, EDINA and Edinburgh University Data Library

  • A FEDORA-Based Institutional Repository to Support Multidisciplinary Collections
    Ron Jantz (Rutgers University Libraries)


    Institutional repositories must support both multidisciplinary collections and the preservation of those collections that are intended to be persistent. These goals are challenging from many perspectives including specifically the technological infrastructure and the emerging concept of becoming a "trusted" repository. The FEDORA framework provides a flexible and extensible environment for meeting the challenge of institutional repositories. This presentation will discuss the approach that Rutgers University Libraries has used to develop a FEDORA-based institutional repository with specific emphasis on the information architecture and services to support collections and digital preservation. Examples from data and cultural heritage collections will be used to illustrate the relevant concepts.

  • Exploring FEDORA's Possibilities to Create a Research Space for the Sciences
    Donna J. Tolson (University of Virginia)


    After using FEDORA to develop a digital library repository model for text and images, resources especially central to scholarship in the Humanities, the University of Virginia has begun to explore the digital resource needs of the Sciences. Preliminary work has focused on the challenges of building an integrated information architecture that consolidates workspace, content, and tools vital to scientific research and specifically quantitative data. Using FEDORA architecture, a proof-of-concept project involving demographic, climate, and traffic data was developed to determine the challenges of ingesting datasets with very different characteristics, allow variable-level extraction, and provide standardized access to descriptive metadata at the variable level. Examples from the project will be included.

  • Migrating Numeric Data Collections into FEDORA
    Gretchen Gano (Yale University)


    This presentation will outline the workflow associated with migrating social science data collections into FEDORA, focusing on the ingest process and the creation of preservation metadata appropriate for numeric data. It will enumerate components the make up a submission package: accounting for multiple types of descriptive metadata including DDI, as well as technical/preservation metadata appropriate for social science datasets. Issues of normalizing data files in proprietary formats for the purposes of long-term preservation will also be explored. Examples from the ongoing project to migrate the Yale Social Science Data Archive from an SQL database into FEDORA will be provided.

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    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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