Tag: update

  • Open Referral receives fiscal sponsorship from Aspiration

    Happy new year! In celebration, I’m excited to share news about a big milestone in the evolution of the Open Referral Initiative: Open Referral is now fiscally sponsored by Aspiration, a 501c3 organization that provides facilitation and capacity-building support to nonprofit technology initiatives. Continue reading →

  • 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 Referral initiative, we’ve just upgraded the Human Services Data Specification to version 1.1. Check HSDS v1.1 out here. If you have questions or feedback, you can comment there directly on the site or discuss the changes in…

  • Leveling up: documentation improvements and spec upgrade

    Last year, Open Referral introduced Version 1.0 of the Human Services Data Specification — an open data exchange format designed to make it easier for different organizations to share standardized information about the health, human, and social services available to people in need. Since then, a broad range of organizations have used the HSDS to…

  • 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 Data Services Co-operative’s new collaboration with Open Referral on the Miami Open 211 project, and on wider developments of the Human Services Data Specification (HSDS). At the Open Data Services Co-operative, we’re passionate about…

  • Annual Review wrap-up: the path ahead

    In 2014, we formed a table and conducted research. In 2015, we initiated action. In 2016, we’ll put these ideas to the test, and learn from our work. Based on your feedback so far, here’s what that might look like… (This note is far from a final word on the matter — please share your…

  • Introducing Version 1.0 of the Human Service Data Specification

    We’re pleased to announce the release of version 1.0 of the Human Services Data Specification (HSDS, also known as the Open Referral format). Read the specification here: Google Docs and Github. The purpose of HSDS is to make it easy for community resource directory data to be exchanged among different kinds of information systems, in order to make information…

  • Final ‘Request for Comment’ period before version 1.0

    Final ‘Request for Comment’ period before version 1.0

    [Update: Embedded video/notes from Assembly discussions on 12/5.] We’ve just posted version 0.8 of the Human Service Data Specification. Check it out here. See an example CSV package here, and SQL examples here. Among various other changes, the model now includes the means to overlay a taxonomy for types of services. It also specifies more…

  • Version 0.2 of Human Services Data Specification: what’s new, what’s ahead

    Version 0.2 of Human Services Data Specification: what’s new, what’s ahead

    UPDATE: Version 0.2 Version 0.4 of the Human Services Data Specification (i.e. the Open Referral model) is posted!  While working through the ‘alpha’ specification (v0.1) we received in-depth feedback and suggestions from a great cross-section of perspectives, including community resource … Continue reading →

  • Updates to our Strategic Framework: a summary of emerging changes

    Updates to our Strategic Framework: a summary of emerging changes

    We’re just past halfway into the first year of the Open Referral Initiative, and I’ve just posted an updated version of our ‘Public Documentation’ — a living document that lays out the strategic framework of this project. You can read … Continue reading →