Please can we take out of this conversation mention of:
- references to any organisation in the IATI corpus
- a list of activity identifiers
This isn’t what is being talk about. One thing at a time, folks!
The remit of the original focus was to get a list of organisation references for IATI publishers. Whilst that sounds straightforward, we realised it isn’t always so. We then found that the data published via the Organisation standard was the optimal source.
I agree. This is why the methodology above took a look at the org data already provided by publishers. Any solution could continue to focus on this data as a source.
The interface to this is very useful. It’s be great to have a similar interface to many other “codes”! However, I think some organisations would also appreciate the data as a list, or in a format that could be imported into their applications. So this application doesn’t fail anything – it’s just a step on from there being a list!!
It’s probably important to consider this isn’t a list in the same way as other lists we use. It’s not a list of countries, that changes via formal announcements, for example.
This list of IATI publisher references that will a) increase regularly / at no set pattern b) be contributed to by each publisher, via their org file (so no central sanction of the list) c) have the possibility of changing, should a publish change their org reference (which is theoretically possibly – a UN agency may decide to add the XM-DAC prefix, for example.)
Therefore, the important step seems to be:
- agreeing that the route to canonical references for IATI publishers is via the org file
- inspecting the code we shared, to ensure that provides this
- running / hosting that code to provide an updated/ongoing version of this list
I’d imagine the service to provide ongoing access the contents of this list would be something consider core to the IATI infrastructure.
I think this can be a community effort, with backing from the Secretariat. We also have an in built metric, in that we can actively track those organisations that do not provide an org file / matching references in their org file. This metric might be something the secretariat could take on.