NADDI 2016

{ Document, Discover, and Interoperate }

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Pre-Conference Workshops: April 6, 2016

Conference: April 7 & 8, 2016

The North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) is an opportunity for those using metadata standards and those interested in learning more to come together and learn from each other. Modeled on the successful European DDI User Conference, NADDI 2016 will be a two day conference (April 7-8) with invited and contributed presentations, and should be of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines. A full day of training sessions will precede the conference (April 6th).

Conference Theme: Document, Discover, and Interoperate.

    Conference registration (2 day, April 7 & 8)
  • $150 Early Rate (Prior to March 18)
  • $195 (After March 18th)
  • $50 Student rate
    Training workshops (1 day, April 6)
  • $125 Early Rate (Prior to March 18)
  • $170 (After March 18th)
  • $50 Student rate
    NOTE: All registration fees are in Canadian dollars

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission closes - January 31, 2016
  • Notification of abstract acceptance - February 16, 2016
  • Presenter's deadline to register - March 18, 2016
  • Early rate registration closes - March 18, 2016
  • Registration deadline - March 28, 2016

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an open metadata standard for describing data and data collection activities. DDI's principal goal is making research metadata machine-actionable. The specification can document and manage different stages of data lifecycles, such as conceptualization, collection, processing, analysis, distribution, discovery, repurposing, and archiving.

NADDI is about sharing stories and discoveries. Share your experiences.


Abstracts will be accepted through the registration system but you will not be officially registered for the NADDI Conference nor will payment be required.
Please note your Confirmation Number on the summary page as this will be required to re-enter the registration system once you receive notification of whether your abstract was accepted. All presenters are required to pay registration fees by March 18, 2016.

Presenter Information

  • Workshop: 3 hours
  • Oral Presentations
    • 20 min presentation plus 5-10 minutes for question/discussion. Recommended maximum of two people presenting.
    • 35 min presentation plus 5-10 minutes for question/discussion. Recommended maximum of three people presenting.
  • Posters: Will be displayed throughout the conference with a dedicated session in the conference program for presentation and discussion. Recommended poster dimensions are 3' high x 4' wide (36" x 48").

The host of this year's conference is the Health Research Data Repository (HRDR), supported by the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. The Health Research Data Repository (HRDR) is a secure and confidential virtual research environment (VRE) created to support health related research projects, to support collaboration across research disciplines, to house health research data and meta-data throughout their life-cycle, and to promote the secondary use and re-purposing of health research data.

The HRDR also has a mandate to promote and offer educational opportunities regarding research data management best practices. The mission of the Health Research Data Repository (HRDR) is to stimulate both qualitative and quantitative health related research while building a collaborative culture of respect relating to data management and confidentiality.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Lister Center, conveniently located on the University of Alberta campus and nestled between the bends of the beautiful North Saskatchewan River.


There are two options for accommodations on the University of Alberta campus, and within the immediate vicinity of the NADDI 2016 conference venue. Both options are within walking distance to many wonderful amenities located within the historic Garneau and Old Strathcona districts including a variety of shops, bistros, restaurants, and the beautiful Edmonton river valley.

Premium suite rooms with a kitchenette at the Campus Tower Suite Hotel at a starting cost of $179/night (CAD)

Quote group code ACT-GFC2147 when booking online or via phone at 1-877-221-3989. Room block release date is March 2nd, 2016.

Book your room

Rooms at the Lister Hall conference venue at a rate of $99/night (CAD), with options including: Queen guest rooms, Queen with sofa bed guest rooms, and two double beds guest rooms.

Please complete the reservation form and fax to 780-492-5597 or phone 780-492-6056 and identify the group name of "NADDI User Conference". Room block release date is March 5th, 2016.

Book your room




Community Supporters

Contact the conference chair to become an official sponsor.

Download the NADDI 2016 Sponsorship/Partner Package


Platinum ($2,500)

  • Space to present a poster during break times
  • Logo on the conference web site
  • Logo in the program
  • Recognition at the opening session
  • 4 conference registrations
  • 4 pre-conference workshops day registrations


Gold ($1,000)

  • Space to present a poster during break times
  • Logo on the conference web site
  • Logo in the program
  • 2 conference registrations
  • 2 pre-conference workshops day registrations


Silver ($500)

  • Space to present a poster during break times
  • Logo on the conference web site
  • Logo in the program
  • 2 conference registrations

Community Supporter

When you register for the conference, you will have the option to contribute $50 to ensure the viability of this and future NADDI conferences. Community Sponsors are acknowledged in the program, and can optionally have their names and a web link displayed on the conference website.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Larry Hoyle

Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas

Larry is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas. He has been involved in several of the DDI Moving Forward Sprints and is currently a member of six of the Moving Forward Project teams. He also serves on the DDI Moving Forward Advisory committee and the DDI Technical committee. Larry was the chair of the first NADDI Conference in 2013University of Alberta.

Dr. Lawrence Richer

Associate Dean, Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Associate Director, Women and Children's Health Research Institute

Training Workshops

Training workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 6 and participants can attend one morning session and one afternoon session. Click here to see the topics, instructors and abstracts.


Click here to view the At-A Glance schedule for the workshops and conference. Please note this is subject to change.


Organizing Committee

James Doiron

University of Alberta

Dan Smith


Jeremy Iverson


Mona Pattison

University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing

Program Committee

James Doiron

University of Alberta

Chuck Humphrey

University of Alberta

Barry T. Radler

UW-Madison Institute on Aging

William Block

Cornell University

Larry Hoyle

University of Kansas

Mary Vardigan


Ron Nakao

Stanford University

See You at NADDI 2016

A wonderful city. A wonderful conference.

Questions? Email Mona Pattison at