Data Interoperability Guide

The Community has and continues to be at the forefront of standardisation approaches, through practical implementations and capacity development activities.

Interoperability Data Collaborative

One such initiative the Community is part of is the Collaborative on data interoperability that was formally established at a side-event to the 48th UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) which took place in March 2017. It is convened by the UN Statistical Division (UNSD) and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD).

The Guide was authored by Luis Gerardo González Morales, Statistician at the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD); and, Tom Orrell, Founder of DataReady Limited on behalf of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), with contributions from over 90 individuals representing entities from across the data for development spectrum – from official statistics representatives to local civil society groups – now engaged in its processes, discussions and events.

The Guide provides guidance on data interoperability for development practitioners and is structured around five areas that the Collaborative has collectively identified as being integral to the development of more interoperable data systems at scale over time:

  1. Interoperability, data management, and governance;
  2. Canonical data and metadata models;
  3. Classifications and vocabularies;
  4. Standardised interfaces;
  5. Linked data.


The five areas covered by the Guide address some of the key dimensions needed to scale interoperability solutions to macroscopic and systemic levels.

Find out more including the downloadable Guide on the GPSDD web site.