Workshop: Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) — Train the Trainers

Broadening Community Capacity and Adapting Training to Meet Institutional Needs

September 24-28, 2018, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz Center for Informatics, Wadern, Germany

Course description

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences. DDI can document and manage different stages in the research data lifecycle, such as conceptualization, collection, processing, distribution, discovery, and archiving.

The goal of this workshop is to build up more training capacity on DDI. The new trainers should then be able to teach specific tutorials for their institution or general purpose tutorials for a broader audience.

The participants will work mainly through existing training material with the instructors to build a modular training material body. This material will include slides, examples, and text. The work will be partially organized in working groups. By this approach, participants will get deeper knowledge on DDI and build collaboratively the modular training body.

The modular structure of the material should allow teaching of tutorials for various purposes (like data collection, archive, metadata-driven approach) or a combination of these. It should be also suitable for multiple audiences.

The content will cover DDI Codebook, DDI Lifecycle, and ideas of DDI 4 (in development). An approach across versions will be possible for some areas.

The modular structure of the material should allow reuse for different purposes, possibly also for self-teaching material and general documentation. The material will use a technical format which supports these ideas (like reStructuredText, used format of the DDI 4 documentation).

The training material will be provided with under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license. The material can be then reused and changed in future by other instructors.

Target group

People who are interested in teaching a DDI tutorial and who are already familiar with DDI.


People interested in participating in this workshop need to submit their application by July 22, 2018 by sending it to the following e-mail:
The application should consist of a single PDF file including:

  • A professional biosketch.
  • A short motivation letter stating …
    • the current position and work,
    • the reasons for the willingness to attend this workshop,
    • the experiences with DDI, and
    • the plans to teach a tutorial or organize a workshop on DDI in the next year.

Notifications about the selection results will be sent by July 30, 2018.

More Information

This workshop is supported by the DDI Alliance in two ways:

  • The GESIS workshop participant's fee (350 Euro) is paid by the DDI Alliance if the participant plans to teach a tutorial or to organize a workshop on DDI in the year after the workshop. This can be an in-house course in the participant's institution or a public event.
  • The DDI Alliance provides two travel grants in exceptional cases when no other funding options are available. Interested people should describe in the letter why the travel support is not possible by other means. Please add a rough quote for your estimated travel expenses to your application in this case.


Accommodation cost at Dagstuhl including full board is 70 Euro/night/person (this rate is subsidized by the Dagstuhl institute).

Please follow the link for useful information about the venue, accommodation, and more.

Please see for details the related GESIS workshop web page.


Jon Johnson, Wendy Thomas, Dan Smith, Joachim Wackerow

Joachim Wackerow

Jun 19, 2018

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