Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I've recently had reason to ask a question very similar to Brian's original query. While I am still looking for a solution to propose to the group that we are consulting with, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with Define.xml. Apparently it has been used to manage metadata in the science context to make it easier to submit research results to the US Food & Drug Administration.
The group at NYU is collecting large amounts of confidential student data from the New York City Department of Education.
Unless I can find some concrete example of its application to social science numeric data, I'd have to propose it as an experiment which I'd prefer not to do. Some more information can be found at:
Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium
A Paper from the 2009 SAS Global Forum
And I will also be looking at all of the suggestions above in this thread to see if I can find something applicable to our education data here.
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