[Added] Add NAICS To Sector Vocabulary Codelist

(Wendy Rogers) #1

We have received a request to add the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to the sector vocabulary codelist .

We would therefore be interested to know if other publishers use this list and/or any views regarding to adding it?

(David Megginson) #2

Wow! NAICS has me flashing back to my work with Industry Canada and Public Works. I think there are a few key questions we need to ask:

  1. Is it available as open data? (We should hesitate to add anything that’s pay-for-use, permission required, or otherwise restricted.)
  2. Is it available in machine-readable format? (When I last checked, the Canadian NAICS site site allowed download only in PDF or HTML browsing, so I had to scrape it to get the code list into CSV format.)
  3. Can we come up with NAICS user stories/use cases that our publishers can validate?

Cheers, David

(Wendy Rogers) #3

Thanks for flagging @David_Megginson and as far as I am aware the codes are available as open data and available for download as an .XLS here

However, like you, we would be really interested to know if other publishers are using NAICS codes?

(Graeme Jones) #4

i am helping out on a legal services discovery project to map sector/segment specific legislation/schemes/etc to help surface regional/national equivalents via ISIC/NACE/SIC/NAICS/OKVED/ANZSIC/etc to help legal/tax/technical project leads familiarise faster with a new jurisdiction and i imagine that option could surface some IATI use cases too

(Wendy Rogers) #5

Thanks for the reply @jonesiom and your response also raises the question as to whether publishers would want to use other sector codes such as the ones you refer to? Would any other sets be useful to data users?

(Graeme Jones) #6

i think it would be less about publishers using the codes and more about the platform and/or corporate public registers supporting the codes with use cases such as filtered automated alerts to a geographical supplier base re tied aid flow from usa or canada via NAICS or UN ISIC codes in donor countries and/or recipient countries

(Brenna Lundstrom) #7

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Sectors classification is derived from and currently bears its resemblance to NAICS, whose six-digit hierarchical structure allows broad coding flexibility for the private sector, classifying economic activity into twenty industry sectors. As Wendy pointed out, it is available as open data and XLS format. For IFC, the NAICS codelist most closely resembles the internal vocabulary of our industry sectors, one that has been honed through six decades of diverse development finance activities in the private sector. Other IFI/DFIs could find the codelist useful in mapping their private sector operations, as well. We found we were able to map to a more detailed level using the NAICS compared to the umbrella private sector codes within the DAC.

(IATI Technical Team) #8

With 2.03 going live in February 2018, Sector Vocabulary is now a non-embedded codelist so I have moved this topic from ‘Modifications, Additions, Improvement’ to ‘Non-embedded Codelist Amendments’.


Code: 11
Name: North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
URL: https://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/sssd/naics/naicsrch?chart=2017

@Brenna Would you be able to provide more information on how the codelist is maintained. It seems that the codelist has reference to years. Is there a single place where it can be accessed?

We would welcome comments from other people as well as to whether the addition of this codelist will be beneficial to all IATI users.

(Brenna Lundstrom) #9

NAICS will be reviewed every five years (in the years ending in ‘2’ or ‘7’) for potential revisions so that the classification system can keep pace with the changing economy.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), through its Economic Classification Policy Committee (ECPC), will solicit public comments through a notice published in the Federal Register. The notice will provide details of the format in which comments should be submitted, to whom they should be submitted, and the deadline for submission. Generally, the comment period will close 90 days after publication of the notice.

During that time, suggestions for new and emerging industries can be submitted to the ECPC. This committee will review each comment submitted to determine its feasibility and adherence to the underlying principles of NAICS, consult with the NAICS counterparts in Canada and Mexico to determine if they can accept the proposed changes that would impact 3-country comparability, and then make final recommendations to OMB for additions and changes to the NAICS manual.

This process is now completed for the 2017 revision of NAICS. The next scheduled review of NAICS will be for a potential 2022 revision.

(Yohanna Loucheur) #10

I note with interest that the NAICS is used by IFC.

Brenna, would you have information to share on IFC’s coding practice with NAICS (and DAC sector codes)? This could be of interest to the new Canadian Development Finance Institute, FinDev - and in turn help answer the question of whether adding NAICS to the Sector Vocabulary codelist would be beneficial to IATI users.

(Petya Kangalova) #11

@Brenna thank you for the additional comments and hope you will be able to get back to @YohannaLoucheura about your current coding practice with NAICS.

The new sector vocabulary for NAICS will be added to the IATI codelist within a week.

(IATI Technical Team) #12

The NAICS code has now been added to the sector vocabulary codelist.

(Brenna Lundstrom) #13

Hi Yohanna - apologies I did not see this sooner. Do you mean our recent practice of mapping IFC sector codes with the NAICS? Or how they were originally derived from NAICS?

(Yohanna Loucheur) #14

Hi Brenna
I meant mapping IFC sector codes with the NAICS. It could be useful to share this with our newly-created DFI, FinDev Canada.

Any information you could share on mapping IFC or NAICS to DAC sectors would also be of great interest.

If the information is not public, you could send it to yohanna.loucheur at international.gc.ca