NADDI 2018

{ Benefits of Describing National Statistics with Common Standards }

Location: Washington D.C., USA

Pre-Conference Workshops: April 4, 2018

Conference: April 5 & 6, 2018

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 Conference, NADDI 2018 will be a two day conference (April 5-6) with invited and contributed presentations, and should be of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the official statistics, social sciences and other disciplines. A full day of training sessions will precede the conference (April 4th).

Conference Theme: Benefits of Describing National Statistics with Common Standards.

    Registration Options (2 day, April 5 & 6)
  • $135 Early Rate (Prior to March 5th)
  • $185 (After March 5th)
  • $50 Student
  • $25 BLS Employee (lunches not included)
    Conference Banquet (Evening of April 5th)
  • $40 Conference Banquet, can be purchased separately
    Training workshops (1 day, April 4)
  • Free with conference registration

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission closes - December 15th, 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance - January 5, 2018
  • Early rate registration closes - March 5, 2018
  • Registration deadline - April 3, 2018

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an open metadata standard for describing data and specifying data collection activities. DDI's principle 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 2018 will open on April 5th with a distinguished plenary panel on the importance of open standards in federal statistics and research.

Margaret Levenstein, Director of the Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, will moderate the panel.

John M. Abowd

Associate Director for Research and Methodology & Chief Scientist
U.S. Census Bureau

Edmund Ezra Day Professor of Economics
Cornell University

Robert M. Groves

Executive Vice President and Provost
Georgetown University

U.S. Census Bureau

John H. Thompson

Executive Director
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS)

U.S. Census Bureau

NORC at the University of Chicago

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Call for Papers

The theme for NADDI 2018, Benefits of Describing National Statistics with Common Standards, emphasizes the benefits of using metadata to drive efficiencies in a research data lifecycle, as well as promote subsequent re-use of end data products.

Aimed at individuals working in and around data and metadata, NADDI 2018 seeks submissions of presentations and posters that highlight the use of DDI and other metadata standards within research projects, official statistics, survey operations, academic libraries, and data archives.

Presenter Information

Presentation and Paper submissions are now closed. You may contact the Organizing Committee about additional Poster availability.

The host site of this year's conference is at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principle Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the Janet Norwood Conference and Training Center on the ground floor of the BLS building. Note that the visitor's entrance is on 1st Street.

When you arrive at BLS, let the guard know that you are with the NADDI conference for entry into the facility. A valid picture ID is required. Once you go through the metal detector, head straight and go past the escalator, where you will find the elevators to your left. Go down to Level G. You will see the entrance to the conference center to your left after you leave the elevator area. Go past the receptionist into the conference center.




Training Workshops

Training workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 4th and participants can attend one morning session and one afternoon session. Click here to see the topics, instructors and abstracts.


Organizing Committee

Barry T. Radler

UW-Madison Institute on Aging

Dan Smith


Jeremy Iverson


William Block

Cornell CISER

Jared Lyle


James Doiron

University of Alberta

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 2018

A wonderful city. A wonderful conference.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Building
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20212-0001