Standardised Data on Initiatives – STARDIT
There is currently no standardised way to share information within and across disciplines about initiatives in fields such as health, environment, basic science, manufacturing, media, and international development.
Too often, information about initiatives and their impacts is not consistently reported across disciplines, or even across departments. STARDIT (Standardised Data on Initiatives) exists to help everyone in the world find and understand information about collective human actions, which are referred to as ‘initiatives’. STARDIT is being co-designed to create a standard way to share information about research, projects and initiatives.
The Beta version of STARDIT is now ready for feedback, with anyone in the world invited to become a co-author. Find more information here:
STARDIT is an open access data-sharing system being developed to standardise the way that information about initiatives is reported across diverse fields and disciplines, including information about which tasks were done by who. It also offers a way to add updates throughout the lifetime of an initiative, from planning to evaluation and reporting any impacts. We need a standardised way to describe the ‘who’, ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of initiatives such as research, policy, educational interventions, international development and more.
How could it be helpful?
By standardising how data is reported, comparisons of the effectiveness of different methods can be made. For example, comparing education initiatives for the most measurable impact on public health.
STARDIT also provides a way for initiatives to share ongoing updates about impacts to create ‘living’ reports throughout the lifetime of an initiative (for example, at the planning stage, the doing stage and the evaluation stage).
How does it work?
STARDIT creates a standard way to share information about which tasks were done, who completed the tasks, which people or organisations were involved and any impacts made. It offers a way to share ongoing updates throughout the lifetime of an initiative, from planning to evaluation. STARDIT could be used across sectors including health, environment, policy education and international development.
Data is structured to allow for translation into multiple languages, and increase reach across countries and communities. STARDIT reports will be available open access in the public domain, with options for peer-review and verification of authorship. The data is presented in a way that is accessible to anyone, in multiple languages.
STARDIT is a truly collaborative project; co-created with anyone in the world who would like to be involved. All information about the project will be available free of charge under a Creative Commons licence. The project is currently hosted by the WikiJournals on Wikimedia Foundation servers. The co-creation process is being supported pro-bono by the charity ‘Science for All’ and has received in kind support from the EPPI-Centre, with current authors from multiple disciplines and organisations around the world.
- Provide feedback about the STARDIT Beta Version and become a co-author here
- Join online discussions about the STARDIT Beta version development here
- Complete a STARDIT report online or view others here
- Contact us at Info@ScienceForAll.World
Below is a short video giving an introduction to the background and purpose of STARDIT. In addition, here is a video giving detailed technical information about how data is stored and structured using Wiki Data. STARDIT is also discussed in this Cochrane podcast.
Additional resources: Download this additional resource which includes a transcript of the video
Example STARDIT report
A number of STARDIT reports have been published. The following example shows different ways of hosting the STARDIT data.
- This pre-print has a PDF version of a STARDIT Alpha report (human readable)
- The free text from this report is hosted here (human and machine readable)
- The structured data is hosted here in Wiki Data (human and machine readable)
Read STARDIT and give feedback
Please comment on a draft version of the STARDIT Beta version, which can be found here.
A pre-print version of the STARDIT Alpha version can be found here, with comments and feedback welcome from anyone.
Here is a report about the learning from the public consultation we have done so far from September – December 2019.
The project is currently being hosted by the WikiJournals on Wikimedia Foundation servers. The co-creation process is being supported pro-bono by the ‘Science for All’. Co-authors on the pre-print version include people from organisations including Cochrane, the Health Research Authority (England), UCL Institute of Education, Campbell South Asia and more. We welcome anyone in the world to get involved.
All information and data generated by this project will be shared for free under a Creative Commons licence.
Complete a STARDIT report
Science for All is offering a limited number of organisations and initiatives pro bono support with completing STARDIT reports. STARDIT is at the pre-print stage, with a beta version being launched in March. As STARDIT is still in development and feedback is very helpful. While it will always be free to complete a STARDIT report, this is a limited-time offer from Science for All to supporting initiatives with completing them. Contact Info@ScienceForAll.World
We hosted an event on 1st October 2019 in London and online, inviting people to come and get involved in helping plan how we can create a useful way to share data on future initiatives. We will share a report about this event soon. More events are planned for 2020 – sign up to our newsletter or follow Science for All on Twitter and Facebook.