The Open Referral Initiative develops data standards and open platforms that make it easy to share and find information about community resources. Learn more about the initiative at OpenReferral.org.
The Open Referral initiative defines two standards - the Human Services Data Specification and the Human Services Data API.
Human Services Data Specification defines a minimal set of data for publishing machine-readable directory information about health, human, and social services; their locations and accessibility details; and the organizations that provide them. Read the spec here.
The Human Services Data API specification builds upon HSDS.
The Human Services Data Specification and its documentation are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) license.
We encourage you to use an open license for any data you publish using the specification.
Earlier versions were licensed under CC0.
Building the documentation
Any change pushed to the master branch on GitHub will be built and pushed to http://docs.openreferral.org/en/latest/ automatically by ReadTheDocs. Build info is found at https://readthedocs.org/projects/openreferral/builds/
Other branches are not built automatically, but can be configured by admins of the 'openreferral' project on ReadTheDocs, on this page - https://readthedocs.org/projects/openreferral/versions/
Assuming a UNIX-based system with Python 3 installed, set up an environment:
python3 -m venv .ve source .ve/bin/activate pip install -r requirements.txt
Then pull in the submodule for the API documentation.
git submodule init git submodule update
The update command should be re-run whenever there are updates to the
To build the docs:
cd docs make dirhtml
You can also use sphinx-autobuild to have an auto-refreshing local build.
pip install sphinx-autobuild cd docs sphinx-autobuild . _build