Connecting people to community services via open data

Open Referral is an initiative (from America) that aims to “develop data standards and open platforms that make it easy to share and find information about community resources” – making it more straightforward to locate help. 

The project’s chief operating officer writes for thinktank NPC on the topic in ‘Joining the dots between people and services‘.

‘Resource directory data’ gives information about the accessibility of public and charitable services but

Since no single institution is responsible for collecting information about all services, what we get today is a siloed landscape of fragmented information which offers people considerably less value than the costly sum of its parts.

Direct link to Open Referral.