Just recently (in my post IATI Secretariat work), I’ve been talking to a few organisations publishing/preparing IATI data. One of the common processes they face - particularly when they are NGO / CSO type organisations - is to make some kind of mapping between their existing categories/sectors/taxonomy with the IATI/DAC sector codes.
In some cases, the IATI/DAC codes can be too specific for the organisation, whereas the broad categories are too wide
In other cases, areas/themes of work just don’t seem to exist on the DAC/IATI codelist
I wanted to gauge opinion and insights on this. How have people been dealing with this? The Standard states:
It is recommended that OECD DAC 5-digit Purpose Codes are used wherever possible. It is also recommended that if a publisher has its own classification system or systems, then the vocabularies 99 or 98 (Reporting Organisation’s own vocabularies) should be used in addition to the DAC codes.
This seems to be quite an overhead for several organisations, who at the same time understand and value the purpose of a common vocabulary