A metadata description standard for public software.
Table of Contents
- What is this file for
- Finding Projects
A metadata description standard for public software and policy repositories that is easy to use both for developers and people with less technical background, in order to make the software developed by Public Administrations and Public Organisations easily discoverable.
What this file is for
Many great software projects are developed by public administrations, however reuse of these projects is very limited. Some of the reasons for low uptake of such projects is a lack of discoverability and that it is hard to find out what project can actually work in the context of a different public administration.
publiccode.yml file is meant to solve all those problems. As such, it is
an easily readable file for civil servants that are trying to figure out
whether a project will work for them, and easily readable for computers as
well. It contains information such as:
- the title and description of the project or product in English and/or other languages;
- the development status, e.g.
- which organisation developed the project;
- who is caring for the maintenance and when this expires;
- who to contact for technical or support inquiries;
- what national and local legal frameworks this project or product is designed for;
- what software dependencies this project or product has.
publiccode.yml file format should both be able to easily be added to any
new project, as well as grow with the project as it expands beyond the original
context it was developed in.
This repository is structured in order to be compatible with the Docs Italia
platform. As such, the content in the relevant folders will be
compiled and rendered inside that platform. The
Docs Italia platform is
able to handle different releases and localised versions of the same file
drawing from the document's GitHub repository. As such, the platform is to be
considered the default landing page for the project.
Finding projects depends on how the search API is structured for every hosting
platform. For example, you can find all
publiccode.yml on GitHub files by
searching using the frontend or the API.
The Italian Digital Transformation Team is also working on providing a scanner which looks for all publiccode files on all publicly accessible websites, and exposing them as open data.
Latest release: See all versions
This project follows the Semantic Versioning. For more information see SemVer.org.
Furthermore, the project uses branches and tags in the following way:
masterbranch contains the latest stable version of the standard.
developmentbranch contains the improvements proposed for the next version.
- GitHub's release page contains all the released versions of the standard. Releases are done following the tag version for consistency.
However, since the repository contains both the core schema and the country-specific ones, it is necessary to further refine the versioning. As such, each update at the core and/or to a country-specific extension will be tagged as follows:
where cc is the country code defined in the
This versioning schema is fundamental in this project since the
publiccode.yml file contains references to the core release in the
publiccodeYmlVersion key and each country-specific schema contains
Examples of this versioning schema may be:
Feel free to submit Pull Requests and to file Issues.
Licenced under the CC-0.