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Conference Presentations 2010

  • IASSIST 2010-Social Data and Social Networking: Connecting Social Science Communities across the Globe, Ithaca, NY
    Host Institution: Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) and Cornell University Library (CUL)

A3: New Directions in Inter-Archival Collaboration from the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS) (Wed, 2010-06-02)
Moderator: Amy Pienta, ICPSR

  • Panelist 1
    Margaret O. Adams, (National Archives and Records Administration)


    The Data-PASS partnership engages in collaboration at three levels: coordinated operations, development of best practices, and creation and use of open-source shared infrastructure. The first talk in the session provides an update on our search for replication and distributed storage technologies for preservation. Systems like iRODS and LOCKSS can be developed into preservation environments for social science data archives. The key when implementing these preservation environments will be the modification of existing archive policies and procedures to reflect new dependence on collaboration. The second talk discusses the collection of international public opinion data collected by the USIA, which began in 1952 and extended through 1999. Until recently, these data were difficult to access. The Roper Center and the National Archives and Records Administration have identified, rescued, and made these data available to the research community. The third talk describes a new alliance between ICPSR and Institutional Repositories (IRs) with the goal of preserving and re-using social science data. This talk focuses on the formation of these partnerships; how an archiving guide for IRs will be developed; and new services that ICPSR can offer to IRs to assist with social science data. The fourth talk summarizes the efforts of ICPSR and the Roper Center to migrate punched card data to modern preservation formats. This presentation focuses on the recovery of the Cornell Retirement Study, a longitudinal study that began in 1952. The final talk discusses the current collaborative structure of Data-PASS, our agreements, infrastructure, and the services and infrastructure available to new partners.

A4: DDI 3 Tools: Possibilities for Implementers (to be cont.) (Wed, 2010-06-02)
Moderator: Arofan Gregory, Open Data Foundation

  • Colectica: New Technology for Social Science Research
    Jeremy Iverson (Algenta Technologies)
    Dan Smith (Algenta Technologies)


    This demonstration will show Colectica, a set of fully supported, commercial tools specifically designed for questionnaire creation and data documentation. These tools can automatically create CAI source code, paper questionnaires, and statistical source code. They enable data and documentation to be published to the web and to paper documentation formats. An ISO 11179 based metadata repository, backed by DDI3, enables collaborative workflows for the entire research process. The entire data life cycle can be easily visualized using the free Colectica Express viewer.

  • DDI editing at DDA
    Jannik Vestergaard Jensen (Danish Data Archive)


    Archive (DDA) is a national data bank for researchers and students in Denmark and abroad. DDA is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and dissemination of machine-readable data created by researchers from the social science and health science communities.

    The DDA needs to convert their existing metadata format into DDI 3. Additionally, the archive wants to integrate information from various metadata sources across into DDI 3. To achieve these objectives DDA began in the fall of 2008 to produce a workbench-style DDI editor architected in such a way that layers can be swapped out and replaced, e.g. backend persistence and DDI 3 id generation. The editor has an Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) as the front end and a public API for developers, both licensed as open source software.

  • DDI4RDC: Metadata driven framework for the Canada Research Data Centre Network
    Pascal Heus (Metadata Technology)


    The DDI4RDC project aims at the implementation of open source solutions for the deployment of a DDI3 driven framework for the management of data and metadata across the Canada Research Data Centre Network. The initial phase of the project focuses on metadata management and researcher tools and is expected to complete by mid-2011. This session will provide an overview of the platform, demo the DDI editing tools and the back-end registry technology, share experiences and lessons learned during development, and outline next steps. This project is funded by the Canadian Fund for Innovation under the umbrella of the University of Manitoba and is a collaborative effort between the Canada RDC Network, Metadata Technology North America (USA), Breckenhill (Canada), Algenta Technologies (USA), and Ideas2evidence Ltd (Norway).

  • Documenting and Disseminating Longitudinal Data Online with DDI 3
    Alerk Amin (CentERdata, Tilburg University)


    Questasy is an operational web application developed to manage the dissemination of data and metadata for panel surveys. Its easy-to-use interface allows administrators to create and manage metadata, and researchers to browse and search the metadata. Questasy provides a full description of survey projects from data collection to datasets and now also publications. The flexibility of the system enables new input and output possibilities for researchers.

  • XSLT and DDI: Using Metadata to drive data capture and processing
    Samuel Spencer (Australian Bureau of Statistics)


    DDI offers users numerous ways to use and capture data and metadata. With the shift towards a statistical lifecycle approach in DDI 3, we must look at how these two facets can work together to drive capture and processing of events downstream of the lifecycle. In this presentation there we will be a discussion of how the metadata captured in DDI 3 can be used and transformed to assist other processes within the lifecycle. Finally, this will be demonstrated using a DDI Instance of the Internet Access Survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing how an XSLT transform can convert DDI 3.1 metadata in XForms for internet data capture.


B1: Models of Collaboration in Data Curation (Wed, 2010-06-02)
Chair:Michele Hayslett

  • Social Networks and Networked Data: A View from the Humanities
    Toby Burrows (University of Western Australia)


    This paper draws on the work carried out by the Australian Research Council’s Network for Early European Research (NEER) between 2005 and 2009 to build an international social network and shared data services for Early European researchers. It will examine the means used to connect this interdisciplinary research community and to encourage collaboration among its members. It will offer an assessment of the effectiveness of the methods employed. The NEER experience has formed one of the bases for a study of data archiving in the humanities, carried out for the Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA) during 2009. This paper will also present some of the findings from this study and will outline its recommended models for delivering collaborative data services over the Web. It will examine areas of overlap and similarity between the social sciences and the humanities, as well as identifying areas of difference and distinctiveness.

  • IPUMS International: Expanding Support for International Comparison and Data Access
    Wendy Thomas (Minnesota Population Center)
    Peter Clark (Minnesota Population Center)


    IPUMS International contains an integrated set of census microdata samples from over 44 countries and 130 censuses. By providing detailed metadata and hierarchical harmonization at the variable level, IPUMS International supports international comparison of census related data on a world wide scale. A new cooperative project with the World Bank and Paris21 is completing the data/metadata loop with contributing countries by creating DDI documentation for the original data sets included in our collection and returning it to the country of origin. These DDI files can then be used with the IHSN Microdata Toolkit and locally held data files to provide new levels of access to microdata as well as create new aggregate tables. We will discuss the challenges of integrating metadata across such varied data samples, and the techniques developed to manage these challenges.

  • Emerging Trends in Data Curation: New Initiatives and collaborations in Africa
    Kizito Kasozi (Uganda Bureau of Statistics)


    The value of data in Africa has for long been limited to the initial analysis and report publication. The practice of data curation remained a concept with no known practice untill around the 2000's. Ever since the introduction of the Multimedia Data Management Toolkit developed by the International Household Survey Network (IHSN), Africa has embraced the practice of data preservation. A number of countries have adopted the toolkit as the principle method of data documentation and archiving. The number of countries using and planning to use the toolkit increase by the day. This very positive development however has its own challenges and thereby calls for collaborative support from other development partners. The African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa are among the few who have joined hands to further this cause. The purpose of the paper will be to highlight the new inititives and re-echo the need to develop regional capacities to support data curation through collegial networks.


B2: Connecting the Dots: New Tools for Research (Wed, 2010-06-02)
Chair:Daniel EdelsteinModerator: University of Windsor

  • VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists
    Jon Corson-Rikert (Cornell University)
    Ellen Cramer (Cornell University)


    VIVO is a semantic web application developed by the Cornell University Library in 2003 to meet individual and institutional research discovery needs. Whereas initially Cornell depended solely on manual curation for the accumulation of content, much of the information is now automatically ingested from local data resources. VIVO stores data as distributed sets of Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements using concepts and properties from standard ontologies. Employing Linked Data principles (, globally unique identifiers (URIs) for the national network’s resources are directly dereferenceable on the Web, allowing access to the RDF data using standard HTTP requests while presenting human users with a standard HTML representation through any Web browser. Resources at one distributed VIVO node can directly link to resources at any other VIVO node or to other similarly published resources on the Web, allowing automated clients to crawl, analyze, and re-represent the graph of data. Information from local VIVO systems will be aggregated into distributed indexing nodes for full text or RDF queries using the SPARQL language, for network analysis, and for visualization. VIVO has been independently deployed at multiple universities in the U.S, and in Australia and China. The NIH VIVO project will address scalability through multiple independently administered but coordinated installations sharing a common, extensible ontology and supporting direct cross-linking as described above. VIVO can therefore provide a customized and extensible presence at the diverse participating institutions and provide convincing and varied models for propagation under full local institutional control in the national context. The ability to create and add additional content models and integration with existing data resources are supported.

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