Open standards for government

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



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 16 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. We now use Unicode 11 as the standard for character encoding.
  2. Updating the Unicode standard for cross platform character encoding
  3. Addition of the approved Time and Date standard for use by the government.
  4. This page was updated to reflect clarification recommendation that were suggested on [Alphagov open standards page](
  5. Open contracting data standard changed from OCDS V 1.0 to OCDS V 1.1.
  6. Open contracting data standard added.
  7. Added open standards for international development data
  8. Added publishing vacancies online standards profile and multi agency incident transfer.
  9. Added standard: exchange of location point
  10. Added open standards for country codes and language tags
  11. Added open standards for sharing calendar events and contacts information.
  12. Added 2 new standards: Viewing government documents and Sharing or collaborating with government documents.
  13. First published.