Social 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.

SDMX - Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange

A set of common technical and statistical standards and guidelines to be used for the efficient exchange and sharing of statistical data and metadata.

Extensions

Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS)

Used to describe semantic assets, defined as highly reusable metadata (for example: XML schemata, generic data models) and reference data (for example: code lists, taxonomies, dictionaries, vocabularies) that are used for eGovernment system development.

GESMES/TS - GEneric Statistical MESsage for Time Series

An extension of SDMX used to exchange statistical data and metadata.

Tools

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 Mapping Assistant

A tool to facilitate the mapping between the structural metadata provided by an SDMX-ML Data Structure Definition and those that reside in a database of a dissemination environment.

SDMX Tool Repository

A list of software tools supporting the SDMX standard.

Use Cases

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.