Open Referral

digitalgov · September 23, 2021

Open Referral poses a mandate for governments, funders, civic institutions, and technologists to rally together around a shared goal: establish the means for openness and interoperability between the web and conventional systems of information-and-referral.

The project is galvanizing collective action by 1) developing a new lightweight data exchange format — the Human Services Data Specification (aka ‘the Open Referral format’) — while 2) supporting locally-led pilots in which various institutional stakeholders are using this format to exchange open data and develop open platforms.

Their reference implementation is the open-source Ohana API, which exposes HSDS data; in the next cycle of Open Referral, Ohana will evolve into a toolkit that enables users to collaboratively edit and validate resource data. See Technology Overview for more.

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