Open Referral 0.0 Draft Released – Check It Out and Contribute!

Here’s the announcement from Greg Bloom. We interviewed him about Open Referral in Episode #10. Go join the conversation and give him some feedback!

We are pleased to share the first draft (v0.0) of Open Referral’s Human Services Data Specification. This is our ‘pre-alpha’ version of a common format for structuring and exchanging directory information about health, human, and social services. 

We invite you to review and comment — there are various ways to do so. You can read through the documentation in Google Docsor in our Github repo. You can alsojoin our community discussion group.

We now begin a two-week public commenting period. Each week, we’ll synthesize the feedback and report back to the discussion group. On July 9th, our Workgroup will convene at our inaugural Workshop (sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation, and hosted by the California Endowment in Oakland). There, we will deliberate in partnership with representatives of our local teams. After the Workshop, we’ll publish an updated version of the spec. Then we’ll get to work on testing it!

You can learn more on Google Hangout during this week’s Open Referral Orientation (for newbies) and/or our Assembly (for participants who are familiar with the project to date).

In the meantime, I’m happy to answer questions, receive feedback, and discuss in detail.


Alex Fink

Editor & Host at The OKCast
In addition to hosting the OKCast, I am a Ph.D. student in Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota. I study methods of making research to document injustice and resistance available to young people to create social change. My particular focus is on the political economy and ecology of data, including data collection, data use, data access/sharing, data economics, and the ideologies surrounding it.

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