DDI Technical Committee seeking more input about DDI Codebook improvements

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Julian Gautier

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Apr 28, 2020, 1:20:22 PM4/28/20
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The DDI Technical Committee emailed today seeking more input about DDI Codebook improvements. Getting involved in this discussion should be especially helpful for repositories that need to use DDI to migrate datasets to/from Dataverse - it might be helpful to review recent Dataverse-DDI mapping work in the PR https://github.com/IQSS/dataverse/pull/6669 to see what couldn't be mapped and why, and ask how updates to Codebook could help. And it maybe helpful for the folks improving how Dataverse handles variable-level metadata.

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From: Wendy Thomas
Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 12:12 PM
Subject: The DDI Technical Committed needs your input!

We have had a number of requests for enhancements to DDI-Codebook, but are aware that there is probably far more content that could usefully be incorporated into a new version, especially for those with existing systems that have new demands, eg DataVerse & NADA.  In addition, DDI is in the process of describing both the overall coverage of DDI and the applications and coverage of individual products. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for people interested in contributing to the short term goals of the next version of DDI-Codebook and/or the long-term development rules for DDI-Codebook so that it can remain relevant for the needs of our current and future users.

The Technical Committee has prepared a fuller description of what we are looking at both short and long-term

We would like you, users of DDI-Codebook, to review the current set of issues (viewed from the link to DDI-Codebook version 2.6 from this page) then:

  • file any new issues (there is a link from the description page)
  • volunteer to spend a bit of time in the next few months to provide feedback on a new version of Codebook
We would also like to know if you are interested in spending some time over the next year exploring the future of DDI Codebook in terms of its structure, development rules, and requirements. 

Please respond to Wendy Thomas, Chair of the Technical Committee (w...@umn.edu)

Thanks for your input,
Wendy Thomas, for the DDI-Alliance Technical Committee
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