[open-development] New report on sharing aid information is now open for comments

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Sep 21 18:43:36 UTC 2009

Just to follow this up - we'd be grateful if people could blog, tweet
and forward this to relevant colleagues and mailing lists. Also we'd
love to hear of anywhere else that we should send this to, to make
sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to comment.

We very much look forward to receiving input from people on this list!

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM, Simon Parrish <simon at devinit.org> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> A report by the Open Knowledge Foundation and aidinfo has just been
> published for open consultation and we want your views. The report,
> Unlocking the potential of aid information, looks at how to make information
> related to international development (i) legally open, (ii) technically open
> and (iii) easy to find.
> The report aims to inform the development of an International Aid
> Transparency Initiative (IATI) platform for publishing and sharing aid
> information. IATI is not about creating another database on aid activities,
> but developing standards and creating a platform that will enable existing
> databases – and potential new services – to access this aid information and
> create compelling application providing more detailed, timely, and
> accessible information about aid.
> The report and background can be found at http://wiki.okfn.org/AidinfoReport
> There are three main recommendations in the report:
> Recommendation 1 - Aid information should be legally open. The standard
> should require a core set of standard licenses for pubishing aid information
> under.
> Recommendation 2 - Aid information should be technically open. The standard
> should require that raw data is made available in bulk (not just via an API
> or web interface) with any relevant schema information
> Recommendation 3 - Aid information should be easily findable. The standard
> should require that aid organisations add their knowledge assets to a
> registry with some basic metadata describing the information.
> There are two documents available for open consultation:
> An IATI Platform background consultation note: Commentable version
> The technical consultation paper Unlocking the potential of aid information:
> Commentable version
> Look forward to hearing from you…..
> Simon
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