Health Policy

Metadata Standards

DDI - Data Documentation Initiative

An international standard for describing data from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Expressed in XML, the DDI metadata specification supports the entire research data life cycle.

Tools

DDI on Rails

Server-side software for building a data portal, with a particular focus on survey datasets. It uses DDI to provide access to the data at the level of concepts and variables. For an example of it in use, see the SOEPinfo data portal.

DDI Tools

The Data Documentaion Initiative website's list of tools to implement the DDI standard.

Istat SDMX Framework Project

A suite of tools for managing data and metadata in SDMX.

SDMX Editor

A simple tool for managing and accessing statistical metadata, using the SDMX framework.

SDMX Tool Repository

A list of software tools supporting the SDMX standard.

Use Cases

DDI Projects

The Data Documentation Initiative website's list of projects adopting or encouraging DDI as a standard.

Eurostat

The statistical office of the European Union, which implementats SDMX in a number of projects.

ICPSR - Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

A data archive providing leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community; all metadata conforms to the DDI standard.

SDMX Implementations

The SDMX website's list of current and planned practical implimentations from national and international organisations.

The Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) Data Archive

Provides members of the scholarly community with access to files associated with scholarly studies for the purpose of replication, for all studies conducted by ISPS-affiliated researchers. ISPS metadata records conform to DDI requirements and include a minimal set of Dublin Core metadata elements.