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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Socrata announces support of Open Referral for gov data

This post is from Stuart Gano at Socrata. See our post on Socrata’s blog here.  When Socrata thinks about the ...

Hacking on Link With Optimizely And Benetech

Open Referral went to San Francisco on Wednesday August 9th to participate in a social good hack-day at Optimizely. In ...

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 ...