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  • Project Meeting - 5th August 2010

Contents

Agenda

  1. Attendees
  2. Apologies
  3. Case Updates
  4. Tools and resources update
  5. Issues
  6. Other business
  7. Date of next meeting

Minutes

1. Attendees

Tito Castillo (TC), Pascal Heus(PH), Anthony Thomas(AT), Spiros Denaxas(SD)

2. Apologies

Rachel Knowles(RK), Janet Masters(JM), Aida Sanchez(AS), Andy Ryan(AR), Pat Tookey(PT)

3. Case Updates

UKCTOCS

AR had mentioned that NADA is limited to variable types of character and numeric as reflected in DDI2 specification. The data contains date variable types, but this can't be specified in the NADA catalogue. PH suggested waiting for the next version of NADA as it may provide support for date variable types.

TC suggested a structured process for testing generated DDI and providing a level of quality assurance. There are diagnostic tools available, but PH suggested that inspection of the generated codebook is appropriate. For validating the structure of the generated DDI XML SD suggested importing it into the Metadata toolkit. If there were any structural problems the toolkit would display error messages.

NSHPC

AT will categorise the variables and modify TC's DDI creation code to process the Excel source file containing variable information.

OMA & CALIBER

SD has continued working on the CALIBER DDI, but had some issues that he will email to PH for assistance. SD will also get help with how to code variables that also reference tables for further values (e.g., Table:GENDER with value 1 looks up in another table to get 1-> Male ).

Whitehall II

PH is currently merging questionnaire text in the DDI and extracting the categories from the SAS file.

UKCSCHD

No update.

4. Tools & Resources

Nothing to report.

5. Issues

Nothing to report.

6. Other business

TSB discussions.

7. Date of next meeting

14.30 Friday 27th August 2010.

Then

14.30 Friday 4th September 2010.