Data Documentation Initiative: Toward a Standard for the Social Sciences

  • Mary Vardigan
  • Pascal Heus
  • Wendy Thomas


The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an emerging metadata standard for the social sciences. The DDI is in active use by many data specialists and archivists, but researchers themselves have been slow to recognize the benefits of the standards approach to metadata. This paper outlines how the DDI has evolved since its inception in 1995 and discusses ways to broaden its impact in the social science research community.
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