Open Community: data standards for local community-based services

This discovery hoped to understand what a ‘directory as a service’ could and should look like in 2019, using innovative approaches to data contribution, curation and consumption.

Every local authority, health organisation, police force, and voluntary sector partner is attempting to maintain some form of local directory-based information. However there is typically a lot of duplication of effort, and little or no co-ordination, data standards, quality assurance or automated data harvesting/publishing via APIs. Many directories have artificial geographical boundaries, resulting in poor provision of information to citizens located near administrative boundaries.

This project has researched and documented the current landscape and generated options for a high impact alpha phase, and produced a user research report.

Project outputs

All Local Digital Fund Discovery projects were asked to provide the following information at completion:

  • User research report
  • Benefits case
  • Recommendations for next steps

In April 2019, the project team submitted the following documents. The Local Digital Collaboration Unit are currently reviewing these and feedback will be published here later in May.

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