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Conference Presentations 2009

  • IASSIST 2009-Mobile Data and the Life Cycle, Tampere, Finland
    Host Institution: Finnish Social Science Data Archive and the University of Tampere

C3: Mobilizing Data in the Learning Environment (Wed, 2009-05-27)
Chair:Chiu-Chuang (Lu) Chou (University of Wisconsin)

  • Bringing Data to Undergraduate Classrooms: The Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) and ICPSR's Online Learning Center (OLC)
    Lynette Hoelter (University of Michigan)
    John P. DeWitt (University of Michigan)


    Quantitative literacy/reasoning have become buzzwords on many campuses, and few disciplines are as well-suited to building students' skills in these areas as are social sciences. Introducing students to data in their early courses when the focus is mainly on substantive topics also gives them a more realistic picture of how social scientists work, preventing some of the disconnect often felt as students move from substantive courses into research methods and statistics. Instructors face many challenges in using real data in these early classes, however. Difficulty in identifying relevant data, the need to simplify data for analyses, and the desire to avoid teaching statistical packages at these early stages are common obstacles instructors describe. This presentation will describe the SSDAN and OLC tools which aim to assist faculty by making it easier for instructors to bring data into lower-division social science courses. SSDAN makes available new data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the OLC pairs substantive concepts with relevant data, both using a Web-based interface and teaching modules that are ready to use with little additional instructor preparation. These tools and support quantitative literacy skills by exposing students to the world of data.


C4: Data Sharing Across the Disciplines (Wed, 2009-05-27)
Chair:Shawn W. Nicholson (Michigan State University)

D1: Tag - You're it! DDI Applications and Experiences (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Jeremy Iverson (Algenta Technologies)

  • Finding the Right Tags in DDI 3.0: A Beginner's Experience
    Claudia Lehnert (Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency, IAB)


    The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) is associated with the Federal Employment Agency in Germany. We decided to establish a new database organized according to the DDI 3.0 standard for our documentation. One initial task was to build the DDI 3.0 structure for our most complex data example, to make sure that all needed metadata would be supported. For this purpose the Integrated Employment Biographies (IEB) were selected. The IEB is a merged dataset, containing data on employment, benefit receipt, participation in measures of active labour market policy, and jobseeker status. These data come from many different sources, which produce many difficulties. For example, harmonization of some variables is not possible, because the values are dependent on the sources, and are collected in different ways. Capturing such things in DDI 3.0 is not obvious, and some difficulties were encountered. This presentation focuses on how these types of challenges were resolved, to allow for the DDI 3.0 model to be used with our documentation systems.

  • EduDDI: An application of DDI 3.0 for Large-scale Assessments in Education
    Martin Mechtel (German Institute of Educational Progress (IQB))


    For the monitoring of educational systems, large-scale assessments of student's archievements are conducted. The institutions involved in these studies need IT systems for the following steps: development of hierarchical structured questions, generation of booklets and codebooks, coding/rating, data processing, analyses, dissemination of datasets and reporting. In order to improve the efficiency of these systems, the reuse of questions and the analysis of one question throughout the whole set of studies is an crucial demand of the researchers. Therefore, any system used in that context must offer an easy link between data sets and the question bank(s).

    At the German Institute for Educational Progress (IQB), a proprietary IT system for the generation of booklets has been developed and used for 4 years. This system will be expanded to the management of datasets as described above. But the internal datastructures and the tools will implement DDI 3.0 to ensure a sustainable and nationwide utilisation. The presentation covers the following issues: institutional arrangement to ensure a broad-based support, first sections of the DDI-model developed, architecture and first software tools.

  • Slovak Archive of Social Data (SASD) and Its Experiences with Implementing DDI 3.0
    Juraj Svec (Slovak Archive of Social Data, Department of Sociology (CU))


    Slovak Archive of Social Data was established in year 2004 with aim of collecting, preserving and disseminating data and metadata from sociological research for non-commercial purposes like research and teaching. Archive is open to all kind of data, but in present initial stage, is actively gathering data mainly from international research programmes (eg. ISSP, EVS, ESS). Main tool for disseminating is our website, where access to (meta)data is provided by two means. User can browse catalogue of archived surveys or search data using keywords, as well as Advanced search. Presently SASD is using DDI 1/2 for archiving metadata. From now on, migration to DDI 3.0 is taking place. Part of the presentation is about experiences with using this new schema. Schema is suitable for exchange of metadata between archives, therefore discussion may arise about this topic concerning efficiency of documentation labour. For example information about survey and core parts of variables can be shared among national archives (eg. basic documentation of ISSP modules). So when one archive will document this core part, other archives may use this documentation.

  • Managing the Metadata Life Cycle: The Future of DDI at GESIS and ICPSRD1
    Peter Granda (ICPSR, University of Michigan)
    Joachim Wacherow (GESIS)
    Meinhard Moschner (GESIS)
    Wolfgang Zenk-Moeltgen (GESIS)
    Mary Vardigan (ICPSR, University of Michigan)
  • Tag - You're It! DDI Applications and Experiences
    Jeremy Iverson (Algenta Technologies)

D2: Future of IASSIST (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Paula Lackie and Lynn Woolfrey

  • Continuation/update/report from the robust future of IASSIST-Outreach session from Stanford
    Paula Lackie (Carleton College)
    Lynn Woolfrey (Data First, University of Capetown)


    This session will serve as a platform to report on the ongoing discussions for IASSIST Outreach and provide a venue to continue the conversation among interested attendees - especially those from outside of north America and Europe.

D3: Ideal IRB (Thu, 2009-05-28)
Chair:Thomas Lindsay (University of Minnesota)

  • Ethics Review and Data Archiving
    Arja Kuula (Finnish Social Science Data Archive, FSD)
  • 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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