The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)

How to Cite

Wackerow, J. (2008). The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI). International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, 206. Retrieved from


The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international effort to establish an XML-based standard for the compilation, presentation, and exchange of documentation for datasets in the social and behavioral sciences. This poster looks at DDI version 3.0 of DDI, which supports a rich and structured set of metadata elements that, not only fully informs a potential data analyst about a given dataset, but also facilitates computer processing of the data.
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