I would like to add a particular issue to the agenda for consideration here, either within this paper, or as a distinct paper relating to the OrganisationRegistrationAgency codelist.
With support from IATI and a number of other partners, the Identify-Org project has been working to develop a shared maintenance and governance model for a list of Organisation Identifier Lists. We have now completed a research process that:
- Added new meta-data fields to the OrganisationRegistrationAgency list;
- Reviewed each of the current entries from the IATI list to check we could locate an actual list of organisation identifiers, or that the agency identified was an issuer of organisation identifiers;
- Test generation of an IATI-style codelist from the results;
Before the TAG we will be doing more work to build an improved front-end interface onto the underlying data gathered, and to agree a workflow for shared governance and updates to the list.
The implication of all this work is that:
We could propose that Identify-org.net becomes an external codelist, replacing the OrganisationRegistrationAgency list from IATI (conditional on securing a shared governance agreement with IATI, Open Contracting and other stakeholders for maintain this external list);
We would suggest some tweaks to the language of the IATI documentation to replace the description of 'Organisation Registration Agencies' with discussion of 'Organisation Identifier Lists'. This is because, in our review of the organisation identifier methodology, we have found that some relevant lists do not strictly 'register' organisations, and so the terminology can be misleading to users.
Some of the considerations this raises may be
The research for identify-org.net has suggested deprecation of a number of current entries from the Organisation Registration Agency codelist.
A view of the additional suggested descriptions, links and updated content in the IATI codelist format for the Registration Agency List is available here. This contains only the overlapping codes. Identify-org also has additional codes, but which were not included here to make comparison of the basic information easier.
Suggested deprecation of current IATI Organisation Registration Agency codelist entries. Click through on each link for an explanation in the description. Under the description is a link to search OIPA for instances of each code in use.
A review of any codes added to the IATI list since October 2016 is needed to finalise synchronisation of the lists.
Advice on whether this should be worked into a distinct paper, or handled under codelist issues would be welcome.
Happy to have discussions/calls etc. to prepare appropriately on next steps.