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Open standards for government

Information about the open standards chosen for use in government technology.

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The UK government selects open standards for use in government technology. The aim is to apply these consistently across government bodies, making our services more integrated and better for users.

These profiles include the open standards chosen by peer review and public comment through the Open Standards for government process.

The Open Standards Board endorsed the first set of open standards for government technology in September 2013.

Published 27 September 2013
Last updated 5 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. The open standards profiles for 'Exchange cyber threat intelligence', 'Publishing grant data' and 'Use consistent country codes' have been rewritten into plain English. There are no changes to the content or the standards. Please note that the new publishing date will appear on all of the open standards profiles, but these have not been changed at this time.

  2. The open standards profiles for 'Exchange of location point', 'Sharing or collaborating with government documents' and 'Tag content with international language codes' have been rewritten into plain English. There are no changes to the content or the standards. Please note that the new publishing date will appear on all of the open standards profiles, but these have not been changed at this time.

  3. The MAIT open standards profile has been rewritten into plain English. There is no change to the content or the standard. Please note that the new publishing date will appear on all of the open standards profiles, but these have not been changed at this time.

  4. Publishing job vacancies has been rewritten into plain English. There is no change to the content or the standard. Please note that the new publishing date will appear on all of the open standards profiles, but these have not changed at this time.

  5. Rewrite of Publishing international development data into plain English Rewrite of Publishing government documents into plain English with addition of information about PDF/A

  6. Re-write of the profile for exchange of contact information into plain English.

  7. Content for the Calendar Exchange profile rewritten for clarity.

  8. Addition of the profile for the open standards STIX 2 and TAXII 2. These standards are for analysing and sharing intelligence between government departments, industry and international partners.

  9. Addition of the open standard 'Data standard for grant making' recently approved for use in government by the Open Standards Board.

  10. Updated language for greater clarity.

  11. We now use Unicode 11 as the standard for character encoding.

  12. Updating the Unicode standard for cross platform character encoding

  13. Addition of the approved Time and Date standard for use by the government.

  14. This page was updated to reflect clarification recommendation that were suggested on [Alphagov open standards page](https://github.com/alphagov/open-standards/issues/48)

  15. Open contracting data standard changed from OCDS V 1.0 to OCDS V 1.1.

  16. Open contracting data standard added.

  17. Added open standards for international development data

  18. Added publishing vacancies online standards profile and multi agency incident transfer.

  19. Added standard: exchange of location point

  20. Added open standards for country codes and language tags

  21. Added open standards for sharing calendar events and contacts information.

  22. Added 2 new standards: Viewing government documents and Sharing or collaborating with government documents.

  23. First published.