The Microdata Management Toolkit developed by the World Bank Data Group for the International Household Survey Network aims to promote the adoption of international standards and best practices for microdata documentation, dissemination and preservation.
The Toolkit comprises three modules. The Metadata Editor is used to document data in accordance with international metadata standards (DDI and Dublin Core). The Explorer is a free reader for files generated by the Metadata Editor. It allows users to view the metadata and to export the data into various common formats (Stata, SPSS, etc). The Metadata Editor and Explorer are based on Nesstar technology and developed by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). The CD-ROM Builder is used to generate user-friendly outputs (CD-ROM, website) for dissemination and archiving.