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Videos available: Metadata management in the real world: Questionnaire Development and Data Collection

The first webinar in our new series, Metadata management in the real world focused on questionnaire development and data collection. The presentation recordings and slides are available below.

This webinar was organised as part of the CLOSER Data Management Network, with the support of the DDI Alliance.

About the webinar

The first webinar in our Metadata in the real world series showcased two organisations – Central Statistical Office-Ireland (CSO) and the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD). Both organisations are tackling some of the practical problems that face every survey; how to co-ordinate and track the development of questions; and assembling that information into a questionnaire where there are multiple actors both within a single institution and across multiple ones.

The approach taken is to capture the metadata in DDI-Lifecycle as the survey instruments are developed, (ideally, without using tracked changes in Word!) while allowing collaboration between the survey design and survey implementation teams. These outputs can be used later in the survey data management processes.


The Questionnaire Design and Documentation Tool (QDDT): a tool for developing questions and documenting the design process 
Hilde Orten, Special Adviser at NSD

The presentation from NSD will focus how the QDDT can be used, to develop questions that are aimed to be fielded across the different countries, using examples from the ESS. Focus will be put on how QDDT can be used to create questions based on research concepts, and how the development of questions can be managed and documented. Ideas for how content from the QDDT in future may be used in a translation tool, and for documenting variables of the ESS international data set will also be shared.

Download Hilde’s presentation slides (PDF)

An overview of the development and fielding of questionnaires using Colectica and DDI at CSO Ireland
Ciara Cummins, Manager of Colectica and Classifications – CSO

The presentation from CSO-Ireland will focus on how they have centralised the development of questions and the production of questionnaires using Colectica software to enable reusability, standardisation and to help improve the quality and processes across statistical outputs.

Download Ciara’s presentation slides (PDF)

CLOSER Data Managers Network

This webinar was organised as part of the CLOSER Data Managers Network which is comprised of professionals working on study data management. The network is open to studies that form part of CLOSER and/or CLOSER Discovery, as well as professionals from the wider data management community.

For more information, or to enquire about joining the CLOSER Data Managers Network, please contact CLOSER Project Officer, Sophie Robinson: 

Further information

If you have any queries or require further information about this event, please contact our Communications and Events Officer, Jennie Blows (

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