[CODATA-international] Follow-On Discussion Workshop for DDI-CDI Data Description, 19 August 2020

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Fri Aug 14 04:12:57 EDT 2020

There will be a follow-up discussion workshop to the 12 August 2020 DDI-CDI
Data Description webinar at 10:00 EDT/16:00 CEST on Wednesday 19 August
2020. You can register for the workshop at

Following the DDI-CDI Data Description Webinar on 12 August (see the
 and recording <https://vimeo.com/447214641>), several topics for further
discussion were identified. From these, we have chosen three as the subject
for the follow-up discussion workshop on 19 August. These topics have some
similarities in that they all potentially involve references to external
resources from the data documentation perspective. We have selected these
topics because of this similarity. Other topics will be addressed in future

*Discussion Topics for the 19 August 2020 Workshop*

1. European Language Social Science Thesuarus (ELSST) and other Thesaurii
as Sources of Statistical Concepts – issue raised by Morten Jakobsen,
Norwegian Center for Research Data (NSD), Norway

ELSST and other, similar thesaurii provide formally defined terms and
concepts which are often used for social science data. At the webinar, the
question raised was how such thesaurii could be connected to the data being
described with DDI-CDI. Concepts are used in many places (variables,
categories, etc.) and having machine-actionable links at the appropriate
places is useful.

ELSST can be found at: https://elsst.ukdataservice.ac.uk/

2. Units of Measure/Digital Representation of Units of Measure (DRUM) –
issue raised by Stuart Chalk, University of North Florida, USA

The standardization of units of measure is important for every type of
science when it comes to the integration and harmonizaton of data.
Recently, there have been standards initiatives such as DRUM which identify
problems and solutions in this area. The question at the webinar was how
such work around units of measure can be supported in a data integration
framework like DDI-CDI.

Some information about DRUM can be found at:

3. Funder Assessment Frameworks – issue raised by Nina Lewin, University of
Witwatersrand, South Africa

Funders have their own frameworks for managing the outputs of the research they
invest in, and data can be a significant output. The question raised at the
webinar was how DDI-CDI aligns with such frameworks. The Common European
Research Information Format (CERIF) is a European example, but other
frameworks are used in other parts of the world. The question is how
DDI-CDI can support such frameworks in its description of data (and
possibly other aspects of research in the area of process/provenance).

CERIF is part of a European Recommendation, and more information can be
found at the links below:



*Other Topics from the 12 August 2020 Webinar*

These topics will be addressed – along with others that emerge from our
discussions – in separate meetings/events.

   1. Metadata Serialization (XML, RDF, JSON, etc.)
   2. Description of Chemical Compounds
   3. Data Types in Statistical Packages/Other Technology Implementations

We look forward to discussing these topics on 19 August. All interested
parties are welcome to attend.

Asha on behalf of Dan Gillman, Jay Greenfield, Arofan Gregory , Larry
Hoyle, Hilde Orten, Flavio Rizzolo and Joachim Wackerow (all DDI-CDI
Development Group) Simon Hodson (CODATA)


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E-Mail: asha at codata.org
Tel (Office): +33 1 45 25 04 96

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