I am also very much in favour of adding SDGs to the Tags element as soon as possible (based on the rule/presumption that SDG data should/does not include percentages and therefore should be a tag), as far as I see it, the holdups are:
- This change needs combining with the removal of SDGs from the sector codes - as with SDGs in two (3 including results) places, it will be near impossible for non-technical users to compare the support given to a particular SDG goal by e.g. UNICEF or UNDP (who currently use the SDG sector vocab), and a publisher using the SDG tags, without which, the whole effort becomes substantially less useful.
- We need to establish who is responsible for contacting those publishers that currently (correctly) use the SDG sector vocab to help them transition to SDG tags instead. For some e.g. UNICEF this should be easy as they currently also report sector data using DAC5 sector codes, and their own ‘99’ vocab.
- This needs combining with adding all the SDG codes as an embedded codelist. Otherwise (as far as I am aware) the vast majority of the user facing data use tools (d-portal, the datastore search, OIPA and things built on it, the Development Gateway IATI import tool etc) do not have the capacity to allow users to access IATI data by SDG tag, therefore without this, many of the major benefits are lost.