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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

G3: Building Data Archives and User Communities: Greece, Estonia and Ethiopia (Fri, 2009-05-29)
Chair:Jane Roberts (University of Oxford Social Science Data Service)

  • Developing of Data Archiving and Dissemination System at the CSA
    Yakob Seid (Central Statistical Agency, CSA)


    The Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia is responsible for providing accurate and timely statistical information for development planning and monitoring purposes. To achieve its responsibility CSA has been engaged in utilizing Information Communication Technology to facilitate its data processing, archiving and dissemination system so that the required statistical information can be generated and reach the users. CSA is considered as one of the leading institutions in Ethiopia in utilizing ICT to accomplish its basic tasks. The CSA started its computerized statistical data production by utilizing the IBM System/3 with 12k CPU. This time, the agency is handling its statistical data archiving and dissemination system through high capacity servers and a reliable network infrastructure. The paper based dissemination and restricted access to the CSA data has undergone very significant improvements. The DDI application has tremendously improved the metadata documentation and enables the CSA metadata to be archived and disseminated in an internationally accepted standard. Utilization of GIS in providing easy access of data to decision makers has shown a very significant improvement as well.

  • What Do Researchers Look for in Archives? Data and Metadata on User Requests, and After Service Tracking in the Case of an Emerging Data Sharing Culture
    Chryssa Kappi (Greek Social Data Bank, National Centre for Social Research)
    Dimitra Kondyli (GSDB-EKKE)
    Christina Frentzou (GSDB-EKKE)
    Tolis Linardis (GSDB-EKKE)

Plenary III (Fri, 2009-05-29)
Chair:Melanie Wright (UKDA)

  • Collecting, Visualizing, Communicating, and Modeling Spatial Data in the Social Sciences
    Dr. Michael Batty (Centre for Advanced Spatial Anaysis, University College London)
    Andrew Hudson-Smith (Centre for Advanced Spatial Anaysis, University College London)
    Andrew Crooks (Centre for Advanced Spatial Anaysis, University College London)
    Richard Milton (Centre for Advanced Spatial Anaysis, University College London)
    Duncan Smith (Centre for Advanced Spatial Anaysis, University College London)

A1: Recent Developments in the DDI Implementation Landscape I (Wed, 2011-06-01)
Chair:Arofan Gregory, Open Data Foundation

  • Using DDI3 in a Technology Based Assessment environment - opportunities and problems
    Ingo Barkow (DIPF - German Institute for International Educational Research)


    The Technology Based Assessment (TBA) group at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) uses DDI3 in several settings to record metadata for paper & pencil environments. Nevertheless, as the original aim of the group is to transit studies from paper & pencil to computer based assessment it is planned to evolve electronic questionnaires (e.g. CAPI and CATI instruments) like they are used in studies like PISA or PIAAC to a common standard. At the moment TBA uses an own propriety XML structure to describe the items within the questionnaire, but is considering moving towards DDI3 also in the rendering engine which means the metadata and item development tool programmed for the p&p instruments can be used as item editor for computer based questionnaires. This presentation will show the opportunities and also challenges for this process as well as introducing a workflow from the metadata editor to the rendering engine. Furthermore the newest version of Metadata Editor as well as a first prototype of the rendering engine will be shown. All tools in this presentation are open source software and can be requested for an own usage.


B1: Metadata Production Tools (Wed, 2012-06-06)

  • Making the best of existing tools for enhancing documentation
    Andreas Perret (FORS)


    Using commonly available tools, shareware and standard office solutions, FORS has created detailed codebooks describing public statistics and set-up a multi-lingual portal. The tools needed are mostly known and available to the research community, starting with statistical packages such as SPSS; the editing platform provided by NESSTAR complemented with the open-source Microdata management toolkit by the IHSN; and combined with the functionalities of spreadsheet applications such as Excel -- everything needed to publish data, even XML handling, is provided. Our presentation aims to show that high quality standards are not in contradiction with modest resources. Once the needs of the researchers are well understood, a little tweaking of existing tools allows huge improvements to visual efficiency and user-friendliness. As the skills needed lay far below the level of trained IT specialists, there is no absolute need to wait for the industry to come up with new software; competent and creative social scientists with more modest aims is all it takes.


E4: Panel: Unlocking the Power of Restricted Data: A Discussion among Researchers, Producers, and Data Service Providers (Thu, 2012-06-07)

  • Panel: Unlocking the Power of Restricted Data: A Discussion among Researchers, Producers, and Data Service Providers
    Stefan Bender (Institute for Employment Research, Germany)
    Bill Block (Cornell University)
    Warren Brown (Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research)
    Tim Mulcahy (NORC ta University of Chicago)
    Chuck Pierret (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Melanie Wright (UK Data Archive)


    Never before has there been a time when social scientists had greater access to confidential microdata. Analysts may access these data in-real time through data archives, research data centers, remote access facilities, secure data enclaves, and virtual data centers, and more. They may also access confidential microdata through4 buffered access (e.g., remote batch execution) wherein users submit code through an online system and the output is reviewed manually for statistical disclosure concerns. Some data access systems, for example online tabulation engines and remote analysis systems, now even automate the batch execution process and provide output straight back to the user, after having gone through an automated disclosure process. Speakers in this session will address the advantages and disadvantages of each of these data access modalities focusing specifically on data protection, analytic utility, cost effectiveness, and researcher convenience.

2H: RDM across boundaries and disciplines (Wed, 2014-06-04)
Chair:Natsuko Nicholls

  • Transcending boundaries: Institutional-level engagement in a transdisciplinary data network at Bielefeld University, Germany
    ohanna Vompras (University of Bielefeld)
    Jochen Schirrwagen (University of Bielefeld)
    Najko Jahn (University of Bielefeld)


    A growing number of universities are seeking for ways to deal with research data. Some have recently launched policies and dedicated services. But challenges still exist of how to best address research data management on a multidisciplinary scale and across the research lifecycle. In this talk, we present our experiences in designing, governing, and maintaining institutional services for Research Data Management at Bielefeld University. They are a result of a bottom-up development strategy in cooperation with scientists, library, computing center, and research administration department. We focus on the support for data management planning, providing a web-based data management plan tool. Using a template-based system, the capabilities of the tool are flexible, allowing researchers to cover the specific needs of a project, coming from funding requirements, subject-matter, or the nature of the projects’ data. For data publication, the institutional repository has been extended. Data can be published under an Open Database license and is registered with DataCite. For several disciplines, special services exist. For instance, the repository interoperates with research platforms. Federated author profiles make research data easily accessible from project webpages and staff directory. With this approach, first requirements from Bielefeld University’s researchers and funders are met.


E2: First products of the Research Data Alliance (RDA): Integration and sustainability (Thu, 2015-06-04)
Chair:George Alter

  • Data Fabric Interst Group
    Gary Berg-Cross (Research Data Alliance)
    Peter Wittenburg (Research Data Alliance)
    Rob Pennington (Research Data Alliance)
    Yunquiang Zhu ()


    Early work by five RDA Working Groups (DTR, DFT, PIT, PP, MDSD) developed a foundation that was important for progress and common understanding. As these groups completed their efforts, continued interaction and expansion to other groups was deemed useful to form a more integrated view. As a result a new Interest Group entitled "Data Fabric" was formed. Starting with a white paper, the DFIG will broadly consider and illustrate the possible directions to make data practices more efficient and cost-effective. We will describe important common components and their services, along with principles of component and service interaction and associated best practices. Over time we will seek consensus on conceptual views of the ecological landscape of components and services that are required. The intent is to promote ingredients, such as policy-based automatic procedures adhering to basic data organization principles, that are necessary to professionally deal with large datasets in ways based on well-accepted concepts and mechanisms. These discussions concretized by spin-off WGs are expected to benefit RDA groups as well as the broader research and data community.

  • 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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