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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)

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

  • Discovering and Harmonizing Questionnaire Data Using Social Networks
    Dan Smith (Algenta Technologies)


    Question banks and metadata repositories have been a traditional resource used in the design of new questionnaires and a source for questions and variables used for secondary analysis. Meshing social networks with traditional repositories and new metadata standards presents fresh ways for researchers to collaborate. This presentation will examine how social networks can be used to find, rank, annotate, and harmonize items stored in repositories, using Colectica’s repository as an example. It will also show how researchers in similar areas can find and interact with each other through their use of common data and metadata items.

  • IntegraL Connects Data, User and Scientists
    Shuyuan Mary Ho (Syracuse University)
    Min Song (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
    Michael Bieber (New Jersey Institute of Technology)


    This research IntegraL provides a new means for connecting digital content, users’ search needs, and scientists together. IntegraL adopts a “lightweight” mechanism that connects data across content service providers and makes different forms of digital content interoperable. IntegraL facilitates a virtual restructuring of public web spaces and services, with authenticated digital libraries into broad “federated” digital library spaces constructed from numerous interrelationships. Elements reside within a rich context of meta-information that helps users understand and work with them. This provides a ripe environment for organizations and individual people to develop small, specialized collections and services, which automatically become part of the federated space and accessible to those they can benefit. IntegraL extends the boundaries of how we think about and interact with digital libraries. Our study indicates that IntegraL helps to enhance search productivity. Users find IntegraL useful in locating relevant information. IntegraL also helps users to do tasks more effectively. Users are confident of IntegraL’s ability to perform satisfactory search results. IntegraL is mostly built on open-source software, which can be reliable, auditable and cost-effective. The broader impact of this study is that it provides recommendations to users for further deep search among wide ranges of virtual resources.


B3: Beyond the Traditional Data Archive (Wed, 2010-06-02)
Chair:Robert Downs, CIESIN-Columbia University

  • Designing Data Services for the Institutional Repository
    Ryan Womack (Rutgers University Libraries)
    Ron Jantz (Rutgers University Libraries)


    The capacity to archive research datasets and make them accessible is a role that an increasing number of institutional repositories in universities are taking on. At Rutgers University, the capacity to handle data is being added to RUCore, the Rutgers University Community Repository. RUCore already supports scholarly papers, dissertations, images, sound, and video. This presentation discusses the work of the RUCore Data Working Group in setting format and metadata standards for datasets, designing an architecture appropriate to data in our Fedora repository, and creating a web interface that makes the datasets and related RUCore collections discoverable. Relevant comparisons to peer institutions and digital curation practices are discussed. The data service is being prototyped through our work with faculty in the School of Engineering and the School of Communication and Information. This faculty research data, along with examples of datasets acquired by the Libraries that need preservation, provide the initial testbed for the RUCore Data Service. Development will continue on a complete curation lifecycle for datasets, from initial deposit to versioning and revision.

  • New Dialogues with the Research Community. About the Collection, Management and Dissemination of Interview
    Marion Wittenberg (Data Archiving and Networked Services)


    Increasingly DANS is involved in the curation of a specific kind of qualitative datasets, namely interviews. This paper reports on a number of activities carried out by DANS to collect, manage and disseminate interviews. The first project in which we are engaged is ‘Getuigen Verhalen’ (Telling Witnesses). In this project hundreds of Dutch eyewitnesses to the Second World War will be interviewed. The core collection of interviews will be archived and unlocked by DANS. The project addresses issues of protection of the privacy, sustainable storage of video and audio, documentation of interviews, enrichment of data. The second project, ‘Veteran Tapes VP,’ encourages re-use of qualitative data and experiments with publication of research results. The project aims at the realisation of an ‘enriched publication’ based on a research corpus of transcribed interviews of Dutch veterans. In this project we work together with a group of scholars from a number of scientific disciplines and universities. The researchers implement the concept enriched publication using protocols and tools developed in the project. New projects will focus on advanced disclosure techniques for interviews, in particular speech processing. The paper reports on the results of these projects; the achievements, the problems, and future plans.

  • Economics Online – Open Access to Economics Research and Data
    David Puplett (London School of Economics )


    Economists Online ( is a portal that contains research outputs from Europe’s top Economics institutions. One of the unique features of this portal is that datasets created as part of the research process are also included, linked directly to the publications they are associated with. Economists Online now features content from around the world, but retains a strong European focus. The NEREUS consortium ( maintain the portal and are strong advocates of Open Access. The portal represents the type of open international infrastructure that researchers increasingly call for. By including datasets, many research datasets have become openly available for the first time as a result. The Datasets themselves are stored in a specialist data repository system, Harvard’s Dataverse. Economists Online harvests metadata from the Dataverse and displays information about each dataset in the portal along side its related publication. The Dataverse uses DDI metadata standards to describe each dataset, and each dataset is grouped by institution. This presentation will explain some of the technical hurdles faced, such as selecting the best infrastructure to use, agreeing on standard metadata across participating institutions, as well as the challenges faced in gaining author permission to make their research data open access as part of Economists Online.

B4: DDI 3 Tools: Possibilities for Implementers (continued) (Wed, 2010-06-02)
Moderator: Arofan Gregory, Open Data Foundation

  • Prototype of a Metadata Editor and further DDI services developed in the German National Educational Panel
    Ingo Barkow (DIPF - German Institute for International Educational Research)


    The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) - financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research - is an educational longitudinal study with a planned running time of decades and a very complex design. The database programming team from DIPF - the German Institute for International Educational Research is currently developing a Metadata Editor for this project which will in the long run feature a DDI3-compliant import and export web service connected to a SQL Server database. This session will show this editor as work in progress as well as introduce some planned extensions to the Data Warehouse structure in NEPS like a connector to a XML-based CAPI instrument to be released in 2011. The Metadata Editor as well as all other tools developed in NEPS will be released as open source products.

  • QDDS - Questionnaire Development Documentation System, current version and future plans
    Andias Wira-Alam (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


    QDDS was conceived to design questionnaires independent of a survey system and to document the development process. Therefore a versioning concept was implemented with distinct commenting on single changes. The initial implementation was based on DDI 2.1 plus extensions. With DDI 3 the entire versioning data could be stored inside the standard. This talk will give an overview on the existing system and the plans for DDI 3 migration.

  • DDI3 Uniform Resource Names: locating and providing the related DDI3 objects
    Joachim Wackerow (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


    DDI3 Uniform Resource Names (URN) are great as persistent identifiers for DDI3 objects. But an application would need not just a unique name (URN) but the location (URL) of the DDI3 object which is identified by the DDI3 URN. General thoughts on resolving URN's to URL's will be discussed. A distributed resolution system based on the Domain Name System (DNS) will be proposed. Structural details of a web service for providing DDI3 objects will be described.

  • Exanda - A Flexible On-Line Tabulation System Using DDI 3 (update)
    Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


    This short demonstration will show the Flex Client for explorative approach.

C1: Social Networking in Action (Wed, 2010-06-02)
Chair:Ernie Boyko

  • Extending SDA Archive Services for Collaboration
    Tom Piazza (University of California Berkeley)


    SDA has for years been a useful means of providing basic analytic results quickly and easily for datasets stored in data archives. Recent enhancements are designed to allow SDA Web archives to provide more complete analytic services, especially for groups to collaborate in analysis. The main items to be discussed are the following:

    • Private workspaces for analysts to save their created variables and to protect them from deletion or modification by other users of the data archive. This feature will facilitate collaboration across sites on a project.
    • Standard errors and confidence intervals for complex samples covering all analysis procedures.
    • Charts for means and for regression diagnostics (in addition to charts for tables).

    This presentation will illustrate how these new features can enhance the range of analysis services provided by data archives for their users and especially how archives can facilitate multi-site and cross-national research.

  • IASSIST Quarterly

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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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