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Web-Based Metadata Tracking System Designed for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health


Ganapathi, N., Myers, S. K., & Allred, I. B. (2006, March). Web-Based Metadata Tracking System Designed for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Presented at 10th Annual FedCASIC Conference, Washington, DC.


The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is a nationwide survey conducted annually by RTI International for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It collects interview data from approximately 67,500 respondents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NSDUH is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population, age 12 and older. There are currently multiple data analyses active at different stages on the NSDUH, and each one may have as many as 6,000 variables to document. This paper will demonstrate a web-based Variable Tracking System developed for staff with the sole purpose of variable documentation and reporting. Users can enter basic information about variables including special notes that help other analysts using the variable and its data. It also tracks those responsible for the variable and its documentation so that he/she can be contacted for questions. Finally, it serves as the source of all metadata that are assimilated into deliverable documentation for the client. This system is an efficient means of keeping current documentation available to staff at all times. This presentation will focus on the key features and benefits of VTS and discuss its future direction.