EDDI18 will feature tutorials, contributed papers, and posters on current usage and implementations of DDI.


Tutorials - Monday, December 3, 2018 - Location DIW

  • T1 Same Same But Different - Documenting Panel Data Using DDI (abstract)
    Knut Wenzig (SOEP/DIW) 9:00-12:15
  • T2 Document Questionnaires and Datasets with DDI: a Hands-on Introduction with Colectica (abstract)
    Jeremy Iverson, Dan Smith (both Colectica) 13:15-16:30
  • T3 Technical Workshop : Implementing DDI4 - Data Description Model (abstract)
    Darren Bell (UKDS) 13:15-16:30
  • The tutorials can be booked during the registration process.

First Conference Day - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Location Headquarter of Leibniz Association

A keynote will open the conference program in the morning. Contributed papers in two parallel tracks will be presented in the late morning and the afternoon. The conference dinner will take place in the evening.

The keynote speech will be held by Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013.
His lecture deals with the topic "Making Fair Data a Reality… and the Challenges of Interoperability and Reusability" (abstract).

Simon Hodson

Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He has contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World.
As part of his CODATA role, Simon is closely involved in a CODATA initiative to improve the coordination of standards for data integration and interoperability for interdisciplinary research and in the coordination of the CODATA Data Policy Committee.

Additionally, Simon leads or participants in numerous projects, Working Groups and Steering Groups. Currently (February 2017), this includes the following roles:

Simon is also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository, a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable; and he sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA ERIC, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences.

He was co-chair of the OECD Global Science Forum and CODATA Project on Sustainable Business Models for Research Data Repositories.

Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successful phases of Jisc's innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.

Second Conference Day - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - Location Headquarter of Leibniz Association

A Panel will open the second day in the morning. Contributed papers in two parallel tracks will be presented in the late morning and the afternoon.  The conference will close with a plenary sessions including news from the DDI Alliance Technical Committee and an update of on DDI 4.0. Finally the host of EDDI 2019 will be announced.


  • Julie Bergeron
    Maelstrom Research,
  • Jeremy Iverson
  • Jon Johnson
    CLOSER, IOE (UCL Institute of Education,
    University College London),
  • Mari Kleemola
    FSD - Finnish Social Science Data Archive
Panel on Metadata Sharing: Rights and Obligations

As metadata and data converge, particularly where evolving standards such as DDI4 can simultaneously be the data, the code that generated it and its metadata; it is apposite to revisit questions of intellectual copyright, licencing and sharing in a way that a metadata in the form of catalogue record has hitherto not.

Developing and maintaining such granularity of metadata can be an expensive proposition. There are costs associated with editing and publishing data and metadata.

Whist most institutions have a data policy, very few have a metadata policy and those that do, seem to be aligning on a policy that advocates or requires a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence. The perceived advantages of having such a policy are that it provides a clear and easy-to-understand guidance for users especially where metadata is shared across borders.

There are obligations which could reasonably be requested of those to whom metadata is shared. If it is being re-shared, is it up-to-date with the original source, has it been altered and is that transparent to a user, have derived products attributed the original source?

This session will seek to identify the main challenges that a step change in the nature of metadata means for providers and recipients of shared metadata and the subsequent technical challenges this may engender

Side Meetings - Location DIW

  • Monday, November 26 -  Friday, November 30, 2018
    • M1: DDI Specification Development (closed meeting):
      DDI Technical Committee and DDI 4 Moving Forward Project – Combined Meeting (abstract)
      Organizer: Kelly Chatain, Wendy Thomas, and Joachim Wackerow
  • Monday, December 3, 2018
    • M2 CESSDA - 09:00 - 17:00 (closed meeting):
      CESSDA, Trust, Metadata and Roadmaps (abstract)
      Organizer: Herve L'Hours
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:00 - 16:00
    • M3: CESSDA - 9:00 - 16:00 (closed meeting):
      CESSDA Expert Seminar 2018 Follow-Up: practical session on Jenkins pipelines, Docker containers, Kubernetes clusters (for details see event page.)
      Organizer: John Shepherdson (CESSDA ERIC)

Registration and Dates

All conference participants (paper presenters, session chairs, etc.) must complete the registration process (including full payment within the registration's deadline).

  • The registration is open from September 23, 2018 until December 5, 2018 (last conference day inclusive).
  • At the Registration Overview page you find all information of the registration process (linked registration page, payment, tutorial booking etc.).

Registration Fees

  • Early booking conference fee (including conference dinner: 210 EUR - open until 2018-10-25 (23:59 CEST)
  • Regular booking conference fee (including conference dinner): 245 EUR - open until 2018-11-18 (23:59 CET)
  • Late booking conference fee (including conference dinner): 260 EUR - open until 2018-12-05 (inclusive)

Tutorials and Tutorial Fees

  • Monday, Dec 3, 2018 - Half-day tutorial T1, T2 or T3 - fee: 30 EUR (including coffee breaks & lunch) - Location DIW
  • The available tutorials can be booked during the registration process.

Diversity Scholarships

The EDDI conference offers for the first time diversity scholarships to increase the diversity of participants within the conference, especially among the speakers. The program is open to women, minorities, or any other underrepresented group.


Call for papers (CfP) posted May, 15, 2018
Online Submission System (CfP) & Author registration opened May, 23, 2018
Deadline for CfP submissions - Author registration closed September 2, 2018 (23:59 CEST) - extended until September 9, 2018!
Conferencen registration opened September 23, 2018
Notifications of acceptance of CfP submissions and draft program September 23, 2018
Draft program September 23, 2018
Deadline for Diversity Scholarships applications September 30, 2018
Notifications of acceptance of Diversity Scholarships applications October 09, 2018
Pre-final program October 14, 2018
Early bird registration closed October 25, 2018 (23:59 CEST)
Final version of Full Papers, Communications / Short Papers due November 11, 2018 (23:59 CET)
Detailed program November 18, 2018
Regular registration closed November 18, 2018 (23:59 CET)
Tutorials day December 3, 2018
Conference days December 4-5, 2018
Conference dinner December 4, 2018
Late registration closed December 5, 2018 (23:59 CET)
Side metings December 3, and 6, 2018

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