There are many examples where 'codes' used in attributes are actually English strings
e.g. Organisation Role is a string
Organisation Type is an integer, coded to a string.
Some codes have numeric values, others have string values and there does not seem to be any rational for the distinction. This is clearly causing providers problems: for example
OrganisationRole http://iatistandard.org/codelists/organisation_role has string codes
http://iatistandard.org/codelists/organisation_type has numeric codes
Noted by Kit Wallace
We are sympathetic to this call, but this is enough work for a integer upgrade, and more than can be done at a decimal level.
There was a discussion at the TAG in Montreal which reached consensus that Version 2.01 is the opportune moment to re-engineer all non-language-neutral codes. Separate topics will be created for each affected code list.