Open Community: Common data standards for community-based services (Alpha)

Contents:

  1. Project outputs
  2. Project timeline

The alpha work set out to test an implementation of an “Open Community” data standard, expressed in machine readable terms and used for interchange of data by multiple organisations fulfilling different roles.

The project sought to provide a means of achieving trusted data that can be aggregated from multiple federated directories with duplicates removed. The team addressed the mechanisms needed to achieve trusted data sets and measure the success of applying the standard.

The trust model means that consumers such as the NHS can consume service data compiled by local authorities and other organisations with confidence. The project tested against the user stories identified in the previous discovery phase.

Project outputs

The team’s alpha report explains their progress to date, including the technical developments made in this phase and recommendations for future work.

The report provides an overview of how the standard has been deployed in community services directory products offered by several companies, and how it is embedded in tools developed as part of a joint project between DCMS and the LGA to combat loneliness, which are generating live data.

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Project timeline

December 2018 - discovery

Previous Open Community: data standards for local community-based services discovery receives £52,103 from the Local Digital Fund.

April 2019 - discovery

Open Community: data standards for local community-based services discovery delivers project outputs which are published on the Local Digital website.

December 2019 - alpha

The Open Community Alpha delivers project outputs, which are published on the Local Digital website. It is agreed that the project will continue to a beta phase with funding from the Local Digital Fund.