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R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis

An introduction to R for non-programmers using gapminder data

The goal of this lesson is to teach novice programmers to write modular code and best practices for using R for data analysis. R is commonly used in many scientific disciplines for statistical analysis and its array of third-party packages. We find that many scientists who come to Software Carpentry workshops use R and want to learn more. The emphasis of these materials is to give attendees a strong foundation in the fundamentals of R, and to teach best practices for scientific computing: breaking down analyses into modular units, task automation, and encapsulation.

Spanish version available here

Github repository available here



DDI-Codebook is a more light-weight version of the standard, intended primarily to document simple survey data. Originally DTD-based, DDI-C is also available as an XML Schema.


Documentation of a simple study. Basic descriptive content for variables, files, source material, and study level information. Supports discovery, preservation, and the informed use of data. 

DDI Lifecycle

DDI-Lifecycle is designed to document and manage data across the entire life cycle, from conceptualization to data publication, analysis and beyond. It encompasses all of the DDI-Codebook specification and extends it. Based on XML Schemas, DDI-Lifecycle is modular and extensible. This version also supports improvements in Classification management (based on GSIM / Neuchatel), non-survey data collection (Measurements), sampling, weighting, questionnaire Design and support for DDI as a Property Graph.

DDI Controlled Vocabularies

The DDI Controlled Vocabularies Group (CVG) has created a set of controlled vocabularies that can be used with DDI as well as for other purposes and applications. Select DDI Alliance vocabularies are already in use at organizations like the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD), the GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Science (ICPSR), Mathematica Policy Research,  the UK Data Archive (UKDA), and the University at Bielefeld, Germany. Nesstar Publisher ( now incorporates the controlled vocabularies for Analysis Unit and Time Method.

ORION Open Science Train-the-Trainer MOOC

The ORION Open Science Train-the-Trainer course is intended to guide you in how to facilitate and run training on Open Science. The course covers the theoretical underpinnings of adult education as well as practical methods and techniques to use in training events. From didactics to video creation, from audience profiles to Brainwalking. There are a range of materials, media, and activities intended to strengthen your abilities as a training facilitator, both face-to-face and online.

Secure Lab User Guide

This is a guide to the UKDS Secure Lab. Within this guide, users can find everything they need to know in order to access and use the highly detailed, sensitive data available via the UKDS SecureLab.