The Open Referral Initiative develops data standards and open platforms that make it easy to share and find information about community resources. Learn more about the initiative at OpenReferral.org.
The Human Services Data Specification (HSDS) is the technical name for Open Referral’s core data format. HSDS is designed to support the publication of open, inter-operable resource directory data. About HSDS | schema | sample data
Open Referral’s ecosystem includes a range of working open source software applications that can be freely redeployed to work with HSDS-compatible data and/or HSDA-compatible APIs. Many of these tools can be found in our Github organizaiton page.
Join Open Referral’s Community of Practice
- We are formally convened in this Google Group.
- Request an invite to our Slack team.
- Sign up for our email newsletter on our homepage.
- HSDS Reference
- Use Cases
- Logical Model
- Producing and Sharing Compliant Data
- Specification Governance
- Design Principles
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Open Referral?
- Who started Open Referral?
- Who is the audience for Open Referral?
- How is this project relevant to me?
- If I maintain a community resource directory — or if I partner with an organization that does — how would I get started?
- What if I collect important information that isn’t included in the Open Referral specification?
- What if your specification requires kinds of information that I don’t collect?
- What if I need help collecting this data in the first place?
- Who has adapted this project and can I see examples?
- Who do I contact if I need help with this project?
- What languages is this project in?
- If I wanted to help with this project, what is the best way to do that?
- Is the project in active development?
- What is the licensing on this project?