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Conference Presentations 2014

  • IASSIST 2014-Aligning Data and Research Infrastructure, Toronto
    Host Institution: University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University

Posters (Thu, 2014-06-05)
Chair:Samantha Guss

  • Training for an infrastructure: The CESSDA Training Centre
    Alexia Katsanidou (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
    Astrid Recker ()
    Jessica Trixa ()
    Dafina Kurti ()


    The CESSDA Centre has the mission to create a virtual place where archivists, researchers and students of the wide field of social science and humanities data can find training, advice and educational resources. The Center has academic and service excellence on three subjects: Research Data Management, Data Discovery, and Digital Preservation. This thematic structure also allows us to expend to other societal stakeholders interested in data, such as NGO’s, journalists, government organizations, and the general public. The challenge of the training centre is not only to provide adequate services to the designated user communities but also to act as a connecting link between all experts and centres of excellence within the CESSDA infrastructure community. The establishment of collaborations with experts interested in training will allow the maximum flow of information and the constant improvement of quality of training. The target is to make the Centre into a reference point of infrastructure training for experts and users. Activities include coordination and centralized publicising of events, common training and online materials, as well as common research and publicising of activities, so that information reaches all relevant audiences.

  • Forging a community: Current developments in MTNA's OpenDataForge suite of applications
    Andrew DeCarlo (Metadata Technology North America)


    Statistical data exist in many different shapes and forms such as proprietary software files (SAS, Stata, SPSS), ASCII text (fixed, CSV, delimited), databases (Microsoft, Oracle, MySql), or spreadsheets (Excel). Such a wide variety of formats presents producers, archivists, analysts, and other users with significant challenges in terms of data usability, preservation, or dissemination. These files also commonly contain essential information, like the data dictionary, that can be extracted and leveraged for documentation purposes, task automation, or further processing. In 2013 Metadata Technology launched their new software utility suite, “OpenDataForge”, for facilitating the reading/writing of data across packages, producing various flavors of DDI metadata, and performing other useful operations around statistical datasets, to support data management, dissemination, or analysis activities. Metadata Technology has continued to revise and expand the OpenDataForge product suite based on user feedback and new technologies. This presentation will focus on OpenDataForge and the updates, new products, and future products that are being developed in 2014.

  • Global popularization of e-Repositories in the marine information environment: Structures, goals, opportunities
    Kateryna Kulakova (YugNIRO)


    Up-to-date trends in marine information management, accomplished within the institute specialized in fisheries and oceanographic research, are studied. Possibility to take part in various international projects, which enable more digital output from the institution to be globally accessible and, vice versa, more external data to be fully retrieved, is considered. YugNIRO activities within the ASFA National Partnership are presented in relation to the FAO Secretariat recent requirements on record submission with regard to full text access and timeliness. YugNIRO achievements within the CEEMaR e-Repository are shown as the initiative for storage, conservation and global access of the institute’s born-digital and made-digital collections.

  • From curation to publication of DDI-L metadata
    Jannik Jensen (Danish National Archive)


    The DDA DdiEditor was developed as a generic suite of tools to produce DDI-Lifecycle metadata for survey data sets. The DdiEditor supports curation of variables, questions, codes, categories, instrumentation, universes and concepts as well as linkage of these meta elements. The DdiEditor has been supplemented by an indexing platform allowing the user to search (simple or advanced) in study description questions, variables, categories, universes and/or concepts. The study level description is publish as landing pages allowing the user interactively to move from one study description to another by clicking on a metadata element e.g. a keyword. Similarly the traditional codebook presenting questions, variables, universes, concepts and instrumentation has be enriched by interactivity and graphics for descriptive statistics for all variables. All metadata are published in a DDI-L XML format ready to import for external search engines and other services. Every study is given an persistent identifier in form of a DOI (digital object identifier). We would like to invite more organisations (that is other than DDA;) to try out the DdiEditor and indexing platform as a tool for producing and disseminating DDI-L metadata.

  • Your IASSIST today
    Hailey Mooney (Michigan State University)
    Paula Lackie (Carleton College)


    Stop by this poster to speak with members of the IASSIST Administrative Committee. Learn about and create opportunities for professional development through involvement. Share your professional needs with us and help shape IASSIST for your needs!

  • IASSIST 2015 Minneapolis
    Thomas Lindsay (IASSIST Treasurer)


    The 41st annual conference of IASSIST will be June 2-5, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN, USA, hosted by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota. Find out about all that the City of Lakes and the Twin Cities region have to offer at our conference presentation poster.

  • Variable shopping basket architecture: A hybrid approach for CNSS 2.0
    Jeremy Williams (Cornell University)
    Florio Arguillas (Cornell University)


    The Cornell National Social Survey (CNSS), an annual survey conducted by the Survey Research Institute (SRI), is now on its 6th wave. As the designated repository of CNSS datasets, the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) is responsible for creating, curating, and subjecting to disclosure avoidance techniques the public use and integrated versions of this series. In addition, CISER provides the mechanism for finding, discovering, and disseminating the series complete with a variable shopping basket that allows users to select and download only the variables that they need. In late 2013, CISER decided to update its variable shopping basket architecture to improve user experience and delivery of the collection. In this paper we describe in detail our updated infrastructure for the Cornell National Social Survey search, discovery, and download tool. At the backend we employ an XML repository housing DDI 3 XML files to deliver metadata contents to users and a relational database to deliver the data itself. Both the XML repository and Relational database can be queried using XQuery and SQL, respectively, through a CNSS API that we developed so it can be accessed from other computing devices.

6T: Metadata Portal for the Social Sciences (Fri, 2014-06-06)
Chair:Mary Vardigan

  • Re-envisioning the ANES Data Collection Process
    Darrell Donakowski (University of Michigan)


    For over 65 years, the American National Election Studies (ANES) has produced high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation. Most recently, attention has turned to creating an environment that will allow us to not only produce high quality metadata for the research community, but to also better integrate the creation and use of metadata throughout the lifecycle of our research. On our own, we have taken steps to create tools that allow for more efficient questionnaire development using metadata. This presentation will provide a brief history of our efforts to provide the highest quality of data and metadata and how this current collaboration is further advancing these efforts.

  • Innovative tools built on metadata
    Sanda Ionescu (University of Michigan, ICPSR)


    This presentation will focus on DDI-based tools built at ICPSR to enhance discovery and understanding of ANES and GSS data, with special emphasis on the Reverse Universe Engineering (RUG) tool, an application that attempts to recreate skip patterns in a survey by analyzing the dataset using information extracted from the DDI metadata. A review of the tool development process will highlight some preliminary findings that led to a revision of its features and will include a discussion of the tool’s potential and its limitations.

  • Modernizing and delivering ANES/GSS Metadata
    Pascal Heus (Metadata Technology North America)
    Andrew DeCarlo (Metadata Technology North America)


    Metadata is a fundamental component for any study, but it is hard to leverage if it is not comprehensive, of high quality, and captured using standard formats. For the META-SSS project, Metadata Technology North America focused on modernizing the metadata for the ANES and GSS studies, developing automated processes to clean and combine information from multiple sources, to produce accurate and robust DDI 2.5 files. These metadata are then in turn used to drive a new discovery portal aiming at increasing user efficiency by allowing them to quickly investigate study components, access documentation, and create data subsets. Open search and retrieval web services underlying the portal are also available to developers for driving other related tools or web applications. This presentation will outline the procedures used to create structured metadata and will display some of the tools created for the Metadata Portal.

  • 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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