Glossary Working Group

Purpose and Role

To create a Glossary Working Group under the auspices of the Scientific Board to produce, maintain, and update the DDI Glossary of terms and definitions used within the DDI standards community.

Goals and Vision

To create an authoritative resource by providing definitions of terms to enhance the clarity and understanding of the DDI suite of standards and other products. The DDI Glossary is intended to be a resource that users may consult for gaining a better understanding of DDI products.

Other standards development efforts produce glossaries for their user communities - an example within the national statistical office community is the UNECE Statistical Metadata Glossary, at .


Working Group Tasks

  • Actively maintain the DDI Glossary.

  • Ensure each term follows ISO guidelines (in ISO 704:2000, Terminology - Principles and Methods) for forming definitions; define rather than describe terms.

  • Ensure accuracy of descriptions.

  • Add additional resources – e.g., meaningful external links (such as the definition of a term in another community; could be added to secondary pages).

  • Add important terms not currently listed in the glossary.

  • Remove terms that may not be needed.

Working Group Members





Dan Gillman


Valentin Brunel


Jane Fry


Nathalie Gendron


Arofan Gregory


Laura Molloy


Steve Richard




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DDI Glossary Working Group Meetings

Dec 8, 2021 from 0900-1000 US eastern