EDDI Conference System, EDDI13 – 5th Annual European DDI User Conference

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To 3.2 or Not to 3.2? That is the Question.
Wendy Thomas, Jon Johnson

Last modified: 2013-11-04


As DDI-Lifecycle develops new versions there will always be the question of whether to adopt the new version or to continue with what works now. This question is particularly perplexing when work is already taking place on an improved model based approach for future versions of DDI. Is it worth the effort to change to 3.2? Like most DDI application questions, the answer is "That depends". We already know that some users are leaping into 3.2 because of new functionalities that they need. Others are sticking to 3.1 because it does what they need it to do and they have invested in development and programming work.

This session will look at 3.2 from a user's perspective to answer the following questions:

  • What needs are met by 3.2 that cannot be handled well in earlier DDI versions?
  • Complex Questionnaires and data processing
  • Conceptual modeling
  • Quality control and reusable content
  • What’s been cleaned up in 3.2 to function more smoothly or completely
  • Multi-language content
  • Tracking changes in Organizations, Individuals, and Geographic content Consistency
  • Archiving submitted content
  • I'm sticking to 3.1 so what do I need to know about moving forward in the future and skipping 3.2? Managing string content
  • Managing identification content
  • Resource packages
  • Representations and missing values

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