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Version 2.01 - Formal Proposal - Iteration 3 - Overview

This is an overview of the third of three consultative iterations leading towards the adoption of IATI's first integer upgrade in October 2014. In this iteration:

  • we present near-final drafts of the new schema, codelists and website for review and initial testing
  • we continue consultation on the final overall content, definitions and functionality
  • A non-technical summary of what MUST be done to upgrade to this version can be found here.

Comments on this third iteration should be received by Monday 22nd September 2014. See 'Consultation' below.

New Issues

  • In the current version description/@type is incorrectly applied to all occurrences of the description.A proposal is added in Section 8 to remove those that are incorrect.
  • As part of the ongoing discussion to finalise organisation and activity identifiers there is new proposal to add a type attribute to the other-identifier element. This is a new proposal detailed in Section 9
  • We have reviewed codelist descriptions, and a proposal for updated codelist descriptions has been added to the bottom of Section 8 


Outstanding Issues

  • There has been a wide ranging discussion on changes to organisation and identifiers. Part of this has taken place in Section 1 (Strengthening the Core), part in Section 5 (OECD DAC Identifiers) and part on the Technical Advisory Group mailing list. A new section (9. Organisation and Activity Identifiers) has been added to draw this work together in one place.

 Schema and Website

  • The draft Version 2.01 activity schema can be found here
  • A colour-coded table view of the activity schema can be found here, which highlights Additions (green), deletions (red) and modifications (yellow)
  • The draft Version 2.01 common schema can be found here.
  • The draft Version 2.01 organisation schema can be found here.
  • A colour-coded table view of the organisation schema can be found here, which highlights Additions (green), deletions (red) and modifications (yellow)
  • The development version of the 2.01 Website can be found here. (NB that the development version of the 1.05 Website can be found here.)


This proposal is divided into eight sections. You can find the logic in the following separate posts.

  1. Strengthening the Core of the Standard
  2. Additional Mandatory Conditions
  3. Language Neutral Codelists
  4. Multi-lingual Text Fields
  5. A Consistent Approach to OECD DAC Organisation Identifiers
  6. Improvements to the Organisation Standard
  7. Replicate more activity-level elements at transaction level
  8. Miscellaneous
  9. Organisation and Activity Identifiers

A non-technical summary of what MUST be done to upgrade to this version can be found here.


  • We have reached the third of three 'punctuation points' in the upgrade process. If any member of the Steering Committee wishes to express a formal objection to the inclusion of any of the proposed modifications they should do so in writing to the IATI secretariat as well as publicly posting their reasons for the 'veto' on this forum. This approach should only be adopted if the member believes that further consultation on the issue is unlikely to satisfy their concern.
  • All members of the Steering Committee, all publishers and users of IATI data, and all members of the IATI Technical Advisory Group are invited and encouraged  to participate in this consultation.
  • You can do this by commenting on the specific topics that are linked to the detailed proposals laid out in the links above.
  • If you prefer to comment privately you are welcome to email support @ iatistandard.org
  • It is hoped that a transparent, collaborative consensus will develop out of this consultation.
  • The deadline for comments is Monday 2nd September 2014.


  • You can find the original proposal for this upgrade, released in February 2014, here.
  • This was submitted to the Steering Committee in March 2014 in this report and with this timetable.
  • Feedback from the Steering Committee in March 2014 was reported here.
  • You can find the proposal for consultation on the first iteration between April and May 2014 here
  • You can find the proposal for consultation on the second iteration between June and August 2014 here
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