Welcome to Open Referral

We develop data standards and open platforms that make it easy to share and find information about community resources.

Our Vision

The vision of Open Referral is a world where everyone has access to — and the ability to effectively use — information about the resources that are available in their community.

Pilot Projects

Open Referral's pilot projects use our common data format to improve the ways in which people can find information about human services. Learn about these projects here.



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Version 1.1 of the Human Services Data API Specification

[This post is from Kin Lane, the API Evangelist, who is serving as Open Referral’s deputized Technical Lead for our OpenAPI ...

Our Video: Open Referral in Three Minutes

[UPDATE: Now with subtitles!] Open Referral is grappling with a complex, systemic issue – so we made an animated video to ...

Miami Open211 Phase One: Our Report

[Update: We’ll be presenting about the Miami Open211 project at Venture Cafe Miami on May 18th at 6:30p. RSVP here.] ...

Upgrade: the Human Services Data Specification version 1.1

by Tim Davies of the Open Data Services Cooperative After two years of testing, feedback, and deliberation across the Open ...