Simple, hashtag-based standard to improve data sharing during humanitarian crises. Tags are added to a spreadsheet as a second row underneath headers, providing a standardized classification of the column's contents. Maintained by UN OCHA, with participation from a group of agencies, NGOs, and donors.
- License: GNU General Public License 2.0
- About the Publisher: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordinates effective and principled humanitarian action after major disasters. OCHA promotes disaster preparedness and prevention and facilitates sustainable solutions
- Updated by Publisher: 2016-03-18
- Level of Use: No information
- Open License: Yes
- Transferable to other Jurisdictions: Can be applied to any humanitarian spreadsheet data
- Stakeholder Participation: This standard is published by a working group that includes representatives from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, IOM, OCHA, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank, and the World Food Program
- Consensus-based Governance: No information
- Extensions: It is impossible for the working group to anticipate the needs of every sector, cluster, and organisation, so there is a well-defined mechanism for creating extension hashtags and attributes.
- Machine Readable: HXL hashtags and attributes improve automation and interoperability for spreadsheet-style data.
- Human Readable: Most aid data lives in spreadsheets, not databases or mobile apps.
- Requires Real-Time Data: HXL supports all types of data, including real-time reporting, information about the past, and forecasts for the future.
- Metadata: HXL encourages the addition of date, source, and similar metadata to each row, but because it is a retrofit standard (for use on top of existing spreadsheets and templates), it does not *require* that metadata.
Added to directory: 2017-11-27