Colectica to Present at the 2013 North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference

Colectica will be at the University of Kansas the first week of April to present papers about the latest software for data documentation and discuss metadata standards.

Colectica is pleased to announce that its staff were selected to give several presentations at the upcoming North American Data Documentation Initiative (NADDI) conference hosted by the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) and the University of Kansas. Each year, Colectica sends representatives to the numerous DDI conference to share ideas and consult with other users of standardized data documentation. This year, Colectica staff are happy to attend the inaugural North American conference and will present three papers and conduct one workshop following the conference.

"We are excited attend the first conference in North America entirely devoted to the Data Documentation Initiative and its metadata standards." said Dan Smith, a Partner at Colectica. "We always enjoy exchanging ideas and experiences with other Data Documentation users and implementers."

The first conference in North America entirely devoted to the Data Documentation Initiative and its metadata standards

Dan Smith, Partner at Colectica

A paper titled "Colectica for Excel: Using DDI Lifecycle with Spreadsheets" will be presented. This demonstration will introduce the new Colectica for Microsoft Excel software, a free tool to document statistical data using open standards. The software implements leading open standards including the Data Documentation Initiative Lifecycle version 3 and ISO 11179.

Two use case papers will also be presented. The paper "Applying DDI to a Longitudinal Study of Aging" will detail the use of DDI-L and Colectica at the Midlife in the United States study. Another paper titled "DDI-Lifecycle and Colectica at the UCLA Social Science Data Archive" will detail the use of DDI-Lifecycle in a data archive.

After the conference, a Colectica workshop titled "Hands on DDI 3 with Colectica" will be given Thursday April 4th at the Budig Instruction Lab at the University of Kansas. The training course will cover an introduction to DDI 3 and Colectica, documenting studies, data collection, and dissemination, ingesting existing data sources, and publishing documentation.

Colectica staff will be available to give evaluations of the DDI based software tools available from Colectica that enable documenting of data, data collection, survey methodologies, survey instruments, questions, variables, and datasets. All of these products use open standards to allow for interoperability with other tools. Colectica products, training on open standards, and customized software solutions for organization with unique use cases are available through

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