Standards organisations

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 page provides starting points for standards organisations looking for additional advice, support or best practices to help them support and develop open standards for data


Peer Networking

Peer networking between teams working on open standards for data can help us to all create better outcomes

Lessons learned in open standards development

There are thousands of standards under development, in use, or retired worldwide. Here, we condense some of the important lessons emerging from the people and organisations using, sharing and developing open standards for data.

Community Voices

In our community voices podcasts we interview members of the open standards community asking them to share their advice and experiences

The Standards Community

Learn more from the wider community of organisations developing and supporting open standards


Useful tools

Tools and resources to help you develop an open standard

Data ecosystem mapping for open standards

Mapping a data ecosystem can help you to identify where standards could add value and identify which stakeholders to engage with

A checklist for typical outputs and activities

Use this checklist to track typical activities and outputs for each stage of development

How to use the Open Standards for Data Canvas

Use this guide to help you work develop a single view of an open standard

How to set up a W3C community group

W3C provides fee-free and open forums that can be useful for open standards development

We can standardise (infographic)

Open standards for data consist of many different types of agreement

Stages in standards development (infographic)

The typical stages in developng an open standard for data

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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