NADDI 2017

{ Metadata Across the Research Data Lifecycle }

Location: Ithaca, NY, USA

Pre-Conference Workshops: April 5, 2017

Conference: April 6 & 7, 2017

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 2017 will be a two day conference (April 6-7) 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 5th).

Conference Theme: Metadata Across the Research Data Lifecycle.

    Conference registration (2 day, April 6 & 7)
  • $175 Early Rate (Prior to March 14)
  • $225 (After March 14th)
  • $60  Student rate
    Training workshops (1 day, April 5)
  • $125 Early Rate (Prior to March 14)
  • $175 (After March 14th)
  • $60  Student rate

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission closes - Febuary 17, 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance - February 24, 2017
  • Early rate registration closes - March 14, 2017
  • Presenter's deadline to register - March 16, 2017
  • Registration deadline - March 28, 2017

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.

Call for Papers

The theme for NADDI2017, Metadata Across the Research Data Lifecycle, emphasizes the benefits of metadata creation early in the research data lifecycle, as well as its subsequent re-use throughout. Aimed at individuals working in and around data and metadata, NADDI 2017 seeks submissions of presentations and posters that highlight the use of DDI and other metadata standards within research projects, survey operations, academic libraries, and data archives.

We also invite proposals that address the increasing need for interoperability of standards in research data management and the leveraging of DDI to facilitate data discovery and data integration. Presentations of an applied nature are encouraged: how are you working with DDI and metadata generally within the larger framework of research data management and the research data lifecycle? Submissions of a more technical nature are also encouraged, as well as presentations on the DDI standard itself and its continued development.

Presenter Information

Presentation, Paper, and Poster Submissions: Please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words using this application form.

Workshop Proposals: We anticipate holding one or more NADDI workshops on 5th April. Please contact with workshop proposals.

  • 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 hosts of this year's conference are the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) and the The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research was founded in 1981. Our mission is to anticipate and support the evolving computational and data needs of Cornell social scientists and economists throughout the entire research process and data life cycle.

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, located at Cornell University, is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys. The Center's mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and abroad.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall, on the Cornell campus.


Surround yourself with upscale comfort in elegantly appointed suite rooms on Cornell's campus, a two minute walk from the conference center, at a cost of $250/night

Rooms are reserved 4/4, 4/5, 4/6, and 4/7. You can call 607-254-2500, Group code: CISER040517

Book your room

Rooms at the Best Western at a rate of $129/night and are pet-friendly.

Rooms are reserved 4/4, 4/5, 4/6, and 4/7*. *The price for 4/7 is $159. You can call 607-272-6100

Book your room



Community Supporters

Contact the conference chair to become an official sponsor. Bill Block

Download the NADDI 2017 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. Peter K. Enns

Executive Director, Roper Center

Peter K. Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. He is also team leader of the Institute for Social Science theme project on the Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States and former Faculty Director of Cornell's Prison Education Program.

His research focuses on public opinion, representation, mass incarceration, and inequality. Peter also teaches courses on quantitative research methods. His recent book, Incarceration Nation, (Cambridge University Press) explains why the public became more punitive in the 1960s, 70s, 80, and 90s, and how this increasing punitiveness led to the rise of mass incarceration in the United States.

Peter received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College (1998). Prior to graduate school, he taught high school in Baltimore, MD, through Teach For America. He grew up in Canton, NY and Kingsburg, CA.

Training Workshops

Training workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 5th and participants can attend one morning session and one afternoon session. Click here to see the topics, instructors and abstracts.


Organizing Committee

William Block

Cornell CISER

Dan Smith


Jeremy Iverson


Florio Arguillas

Cornell CISER

Brett Powell

Roper Center

Kathleen Weldon

Roper Center

Lynn Martin

Cornell CISER

Amy O'Donnell

Cornell CISER

Program Committee

James Doiron

University of Alberta

Chuck Humphrey

University of Alberta

Barry T. Radler

UW-Madison Institute on Aging

William Block

Cornell CISER

Larry Hoyle

University of Kansas

Mary Vardigan


Ron Nakao

Stanford University

Jared Lyle


Florio Arguillas

Cornell CISER

See You at NADDI 2017

A wonderful city. A wonderful conference.

ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall
Cornell University Campus
140 Garden Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901