⚠️The development of this draft standard has been continued on italia/publiccode.yml which is the version to be transitioned in to OSI stewardship.
A metadata description standard for public software and policy repositories that is easy to use both for developers and less technical people in order to make the software developed by public administrations and public organisations easily discoverable.
Latest release: Version 0.1
This project follows the Semantic Versioning.
For more information see SemVer.org.
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 these 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 these problems. 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. It contains information such as:
- The title and description of the project or product in English and/or other languages
- The status of development, e.g.
- What organisation is developing or developed the project
- Who is caring for the maintenance and at what time the maintenance runs out
- Who to contact for technical or support inquiries
- What national and local legal frameworks this project or product works in
- What software dependencies this project or product has
The format should both be able to easily be added to any new project, as well as grow with the project as it grows beyond the original context it was developed in.
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.
Feel free to submit Pull Requests and to file Issues.
Licenced under the CC-0