The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences. DDI can document and manage different stages in the research data lifecycle, such as conceptualization, collection, processing, distribution, discovery, and archiving.
The goal of this workshop is to build up more training capacity on DDI. The new trainers should then be able to teach specific tutorials for their institution or general purpose tutorials for a broader audience.
The participants will work mainly through existing training material with the instructors to build a modular training material body. This material will include slides, examples, and text. The work will be partially organized in working groups. By this approach, participants will get deeper knowledge on DDI and build collaboratively the modular training body.
The modular structure of the material should allow teaching of tutorials for various purposes (like data collection, archive, metadata-driven approach) or a combination of these. It should be also suitable for multiple audiences.
The content will cover DDI Codebook, DDI Lifecycle, and ideas of DDI 4 (in development). An approach across versions will be possible for some areas.
The modular structure of the material should allow reuse for different purposes, possibly also for self-teaching material and general documentation. The material will use a technical format which supports these ideas (like reStructuredText, used format of the DDI 4 documentation).
The training material will be provided with under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license. The material can be then reused and changed in future by other instructors.
As a broad thought, each subject could follow the same pattern
The final day could be presentations from participants in groups of 2 or 3 on improved versions of materials
In terms of allocation below is a basic punt on timing and topic areas
Dagstuhl Daily Schedule (meal times, etc.)
The general organization of the workshop day will be a combination of presentation/discussion and small group work. Presentations will focus on topical areas providing information on resource materials, clarifying a DDI perspective, and setting out specific goals for the 3-4 breakout groups. This presentation/working group pattern will be repeated once or twice daily depending on the topics.
Working groups will consist of approximately 5 attendees. Each group will have a targeted goal in terms of content coverage and/or presentation type (slide decks, examples, video, other). The membership of the groups will be vary as needed to reflect individual interests and expertise. Each working group is intended to meet only once rather than for consecutive periods.
At the end of each day the full group will come together to present their work.
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Dates: September 24-28, 2018
The workshop takes place at Schloss Dagstuhl. It has the Dagstuhl event number 18393 and a related web page.
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