EDDI Conference System, EDDI16 – 8th Annual European DDI User Conference

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Lessons Learnt From the Development of a DDI-Based Discovery Platform
Jon Johnson

Last modified: 2016-09-26


A major output of the CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) project is the creation of CLOSER Discovery (discovery.closer.ac.uk) to enable discovery of the data collected – and the related survey questions and measurements – across the 8 participating studies

Using a combination of commercially available software and in-house developed tools to manage the creation and ingest of questionnaires, mapping of variables to questions and tagging of searchable topics has been able to create an online resource that enables researchers to view and appraise data from eight leading UK longitudinal studies

The presentation will discuss lessons learnt managing DDI-L during the project associated with:

  1. the use of a mix of technologies;
  2. working across the social, behavioural and biomedical domains;
  3. working with different implementations of the same version of DDI-L

The presentation will also describe some of the benefits that a platform adhering to DDI-L will bring to both the research and data collection communities.


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