Getting started

Open standards for data are reusable agreements that make it easier for people and organisations to publish, access, share and use better quality data.

This section of the guidebook explores what an open standards for data is and when to use or create one.

Getting started

An introduction to open standards for data

What are open standards for data?

Standards are documented, reusable agreements that affect us every day. Open standards for data make it easier for people and organisations to publish, access, share and use better quality data.

Types of open standards for data

There are thousands of open standards in use around the world. We have divided them into three broad categories.Open standards can fall into a single category or draw features from multiple categories to achieve their aims.

When to use open standards for data

Open standards for data are useful for interaction, aggregation, comparison and linking. Where possible, consider using an existing open standard rather than developing a new one.

When not to create new standards

Creating open standards can be resource and time-intensive, so it’s worth first considering whether using an existing open standard is the right solution.

How open standards are developed

Open standards combine elements of technical activity, stakeholder coordination and community engagement. Open standards can be built on or extend existing open standards.

How to make the case for open standards

Build a considered case to support the development or use of open standards in your organisation by outlining the costs, benefits, risks and impacts.

How to use this guide

There are a number of ways for you to learn more about the creation, development and adoption of open standards for data.

About this guide

This guidebook helps people and organisations create, develop and adopt open standards for data. It supports a variety of users, including policy leads, domain experts and technologists.

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