Welcome to Open Referral

Our Mission

Open Referral develops data standards and open source tools that make it easier to share, find and use information about health, human, and social services.

Open Referral is not another software product – it’s a call to action.


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Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH)

Tackling Data Dilemmas in Social Care Coordination: A Whitepaper on Community Information Exchange

Last year – with sponsorship from Robert Wood Johnson Foundations’ DASH program, and in partnership with Paul Sorenson at the ...
Screenshot of search results for Legal Services of North Florida before markup was applied.

Improving access to legal aid by improving search results with schema.org

Despite the vast amounts of information on the Web, finding reliable information about legal services through internet searches is harder ...
Evolving the DC Community Resource Information Exchange's Inventory Capabilities

Evolving the DC Community Resource Information Exchange’s Inventory Capabilities

In the District of Columbia, we’re developing a new approach to the very old problem of resource directory information management ...
Diagram showing a directory database can be updated by service providers, paid maintainers and volunteers. to connects via the Open Referral UK standard API interface to multiple service finder applications

UK Government endorses Open Referral UK

Welcome back to our blog Mike Thacker of Porism Limited. Porism is a technical partner of the Local Government Association ...