Call for Papers

We are seeking presentations, talks, papers, posters on all things DDI:

  • Case Studies
  • Mature implementations
  • Early Implementations
  • Interplay of DDI with other standards or technologies
  • Projects in early phases in which DDI is under consideration
  • Critiques of DDI

We strongly encourage papers in different areas to ensure that a broad balance of topics is covered which will attract the greatest breadth of participants. We encourage conference participants to submit proposals that would be of interest to themselves and other attendees. The proposals could have any of the following formats: a regular presentation, a short presentation, a plenary presentation, a complete session, a full paper (publication in the proceedings), a paper poster, a software demonstration, or a tutorial.

The proposed topics of the conference are outlined below. We expect that many presentations will cross over between topic areas but that should not discourage proposals, although you will be asked to nominate one category when submissing. Please also note that the topics are not exclusive to those listed:

User Needs, Efficient Infrastructures and Improved Quality. Rich, standard-based metadata can a) improve the fulfilment of the need for better documentation for researchers and other users; b) improve efficiency by providing infrastructures that drive data collection, data processing and dissemination (e.g. metadata-portals); c) improve quality of our products and processes.   Papers describing innovative solutions covering the parts of or the whole life-cycle from collection to dissemination based on metadata are encouraged. Papers focusing on metadata driven production are welcomed as well.

Official Statistics. National and international statistical organizations around the world are collaborating on modernizing and standardizing their methods for collecting and disseminating official statistics data. As they look to the future, these organizations share a need for inter-related standards like the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM), the Generic Activity Model for Statistical Organizations (GAMSO), the Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM), the Common Statistical Production Architecture (CSPA), DDI, and SDMX. We welcome papers with a focus on standards in the context of official statistics.

Reusing and Sharing Metadata. DDI is strongly focused on the principles of metadata re-use and interoperability. "Enter once and use many times" is a powerful paradigm that can lead to improved fulfilment of user needs, improved quality and improved efficiency. Papers that demonstrate innovative ways to re-use and share metadata are welcomed.

Data Harmonization. There is increasing interest in using data harmonization to maximize the value of large scale population research in health and social sciences for both documentation and processing purposes. DDI has rich constructs such as Concept, Comparison and Group, and most recently enhanced by the addition of ConceptualVariable and RepresentedVariable in DDI 3.2. We encourage papers which describe projects utilizing DDI or exploring DDI as a basis for harmonizing data.

Incentives to Document Data. The advantage of having good documentation on data is rarely challenged, but it is often left as the last thing (or maybe not even that) to do on a research project. This is because the benefits for researchers come largely from publication and not from the data itself. In this context, changing both the culture and the rewards for documentation and sharing of data might be seen as key motivators. We encourage papers exploring this topic with the focus on DDI.

Open Data and Linked Open Data. As the "Open Data" movement - which aims to make data more freely available - gains more and more attention in science and humanities, especially in the area of government data, the value of data that are easy to access and not limited by restrictive licenses is acknowledged. By using "Linked Open Data" technologies the ability to create reproducible and transparent research is enabled. For both, high quality metadata that is standardized and machine-actionable, like DDI metadata, is crucial. We encourage papers in the area of Open Data and Linked Open Data with a focus on DDI.

Privacy and Access Control. The sharing of metadata is often not possible because of privacy or property rights. Especially, but not exclusively, in the areas of health research and social sciences there is also the need to protect the privacy of persons to whom the data refer. Metadata, and the preservation of it, can ensure an organization's investment in data. Therefore metadata producers can protect their investments through well standardized metadata. The implementation of technologies for metadata management often enforces access control mechanisms on metadata. We encourage papers in the area of concepts or implementations of privacy and access control issues with a focus on DDI.

Metadata versus Data and Related Ethics. A clear distinction between data and metadata in the context of surveys is important. However, the boundary between data and metadata is less clear cut in the context of qualitative research. It is dependent on what is perceived to be data and what is perceived to be metadata as defined by a specific research question. The Snowden revelations in 2013 have brought this to the attention of the wider public. Such issues also arise with big data sources like Facebook and other social media. This poses some difficult questions for research ethics when release, use and access to data have governance, yet metadata conceivably does not. We encourage papers focusing on this area of tension with the background of DDI.

Software / Tools. The acceptance and adoption of a "standard" depends on the availability of the tools and software to utilize it. Many new tools that leverage DDI are emerging, and they target different parts of the data life cycle. We encourage papers showcasing tools and software which make use of DDI or parts of it.


Proposals are welcome for:

Regular presentations. The presentations will be approx. 20 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for questions at the end. This could be combined with a full paper (see below).
Submission: abstract (200 words maximum).

Short presentations. The presentations will be approx. 10 minutes long, plus 5 minutes for questions at the end.
Submission: abstract (200 words maximum).

Full papers. A full paper intended for publication in the conference proceedings. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference. They will be published in the official Conference Proceedings in the DDI Alliance Working Paper Series and on the conference website. At least one author of each paper is expected to register for the conference and to present the paper either as regular or as plenary presentation.
Submission: draft paper (a suggested 8-12 pages plus appendices). For details, see the author guidelines below.

Plenary presentations. An individual presentation in the plenary. The presentations will be 50 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for questions at the end. A plenary presentation should focus on a major topic which is of interest to the whole audience. This could be combined with a full paper (see above).
Submission: abstract (200 words maximum).

Complete sessions. Proposals for complete sessions should list the organizer or moderator and possible participants. The session organizer will be responsible for securing both session participants and a chair.
Submission: abstract (300 words maximum). Submissions should provide titles, author names, and a brief description for each of the individual presentations in a supplementary Word document. The individual presentations must be submitted separately.

Tutorials and workshops. Half-day or full-day tutorials (introductions) or workshops (more advanced special topics) with  respectively 2 and 4 blocks each lasting 90 minutes in length.
Submission: abstract (300 words maximum). The abstract should describe the topic, the perspective (business or technical), the intended audience and possible prerequisites. Hands-on exercises could rely on the participants using laptop computers.

Posters and software demonstrations. Paper or electronic posters (on own computer).
Submission: abstract (200 words maximum). The submission should include a preliminary list of requirements (in a supplementary Word document) including: display boards, tables, Internet access and electrical outlets.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please have a look at the overview on submissions and use the online submission system for the conference. The deadline for submissions is September 6, 2015.

Call for Reviewers

Please consider to indicate the availability as reviewer as well.

General Information

For questions or any other correspondence regarding the CfP of EDDI15, please send an email to the program committee (

Author Guidelines

Important dates.

  • Deadline of Call for Papers / all proposals due: September 6, 2015, extended until September 13, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance for all proposals: September 25, 2015
  • Final version of full papers due: November 1, 2015

Please have a look at the complete timeline of the overview page.

Full papers (draft) must be submitted in PDF format by the deadline of the CfP (2014-09-06). Full papers (a suggested 8-12 pages plus appendices) must be formatted according to the EDDI conference proceedings template (see below). Please pay attention to the details in the template and submit your contribution in PDF format. Accepted papers have to be submitted in Word and PDF format.

Submissions for this conference were closed on 2015-09-13.

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