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