Joined-up Data Standards are important because it allows us to unlock the immense potential of data to help drive poverty eradication and sustainable development. In recent years, more and more valuable data is becoming available, but much of it can’t be turned into useful information because it is being published in different formats, to different standards or on different platforms.
We’re working with our partners Publish What You Fund on this project, aiming to improve how standard setting bodies, data producers and users collaborate to make their data interoperable and more easily comparable with other data. We aim to improve how standard setting bodies, data producers and users collaborate to make their data interoperable and more easily comparable with other data. We do this by exploring how particular standards can be joined up with one another and by bringing standard setters, data producers and users together to find solutions to common problems.
This engagement and cooperation, including through the Joined-up Data Alliance, informs our research.
We have produced a number of discussion papers based on our research, highlighting the problems that incompatible standards cause and have developed an online thesaurus, which provides mappings between competing standards.
Our research to date is summarised in our consultation paper, ‘From Principles to Practice: a consultation paper on joined-up data standards’.The consultation paper forms the basis of our consultations with stakeholders, including major international standard-setting institutions.
Key recommendations from the project:
- New standards must be joined-up
There is no reason for new standards to be created that unnecessarily duplicate existing standards, or that do not build on existing components and methodologies.
- We need joined-up leadership
We need an integrated leadership body to drive the data revolution and transformative agenda forward
- We urgently need translation services
We urgently need all standard setters to recognise the benefits available to data users when data from different standards is ‘cross-walked’ through a translation machine.
Find out more about the project by visiting our Joined-up Data Standards website
We encourage anyone interested in contributing to our work to contact us.