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Digital Public Goods Standard

The Digital Public Goods Standard is a set of specifications and guidelines designed to maximize consensus about whether a project conforms to the definition of digital public goods set by the UN Secretary-General in the 2020 Roadmap for Digital Cooperation: digital public goods must be open source software, open data, open AI models, open standards, and open content that adhere to privacy and other applicable laws and best practices, do no harm, and help attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The DPG Standard establishes a baseline that must be met in order to earn recognition as a digital public good by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) and the broader community. The DPG Standard is an open project and therefore open to contribution. The DPGA supports the 5 Core Principles of OpenStand in the development of the DPG Standard. We invite anyone who uses and benefits from the DPG Standard to join our growing list of endorsers.

🔎 Current Version

The DPG Standard is currently at version 1.1.4, published on Jan. 29, 2021; view the changelog.

Application of the DPG Standard

We encourage creators, maintainers, funders, implementers, and consumers to use this standard to recognize, assess, and support digital public goods. The standard is operationalized through a questionary that is required as part of the assessment process. We maintain a list of digital public goods that meet the DPG Standard described above on our platform. Projects are reviewed annually and archived if they do not continue to meet the Standard, as per our archiving policy.

Vetting Process

We apply the DPG Standard to projects on our platform that have either been nominated directly or have been pulled together from partnership databases. Projects that are submitted to our platform will undergo three stages of review to ensure they meet the requirements set in the DPG Standard. As a project undergoes various reviews it will move from nominee to a fully reviewed digital public good.

Documentation submitted by candidates is transparently displayed on GitHub and can be viewed here. If a project meets the DPG Standard it will be officially considered a digital public good and will appear as such in the DPG Registry, and may be eligible for additional recognition and support.

👍 Endorsements

The DPG Standard is endorsed by a growing list of open source, open content, and open data advocacy and advancement experts. Endorsement means agreement with the DPG Standard set through the indicators, and a willingness to have your name and title publicly listed as having contributed to and endorsing the DPG Standard.

Add your endoresment by editing the file, and submitting a Pull Request or filling out this form.

🤗 Code of Conduct

The DPGA is dedicated to building a welcoming, diverse, and safe community. We expect everyone participating in the DPGA community to abide by our Code of Conduct. Please read it. Please follow it. In the DPGA, we work hard to build each other up and create amazing things together. 💪💜

⚖️ Governance

At the DPGA, we envision a growing community of contributors and stakeholders around the DPG Standard in an open, transparent, and accessible manner. Our governance documents the processes for welcoming, reviewing, and merging proposals for modifications to the DPG Standard and manages clear expectations around these processes.

🙏 Acknowledgements

Thank you to all the individuals that contributed to and endorsed the DPG Standard, as well as well as to the participants of the Early Grade Reading Community of Practice. We also thank the following organizations: UNICEF,iSPIRT, Government of Sierra Leone, Government of Norway, and the DPGA Secretariat.

Image Credit: Badge by André Luiz from the Noun Project, released under a CC license.

📝 License

This repository is primarily content, and it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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