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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Meet the Open Data Services Cooperative

This post is from Tim Davies, founding member of the Open Data Services Co-operative. We’re really delighted to announce the ...

Open Referral for legal services in Illinois: the new IllinoisLegalAid.org

This is a guest post from Teri Ross, Program Director for Illinois Legal Aid Online. Illinois Legal Aid Online develops ...

Crisis Text Line: lives in the balance

This guest post is from Rebecca Kan, the head of referrals for Crisis Text Line. I’m not safe. I have ...

OpenCIOC: Exploring New Models for Sharing and Collaboration

This post is from Kate Lambacher, the principal of KCL Software Solutions, Inc and lead maintainer of OpenCIOC.org. Since 1999, ...