Standardised Data on Initiatives –
We need to know the ‘who’, ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of initiatives such as research, education interventions, policy and international development.
Standardised Data on Initiatives (STARDIT) is a proposed way of sharing data about ‘research’, ‘interventions’, ‘projects’ and other similar words that describe any kind of ‘initiative’ or action. It is a proposed way to standardise data about initiatives in multiple human languages.
How does it work?
It is designed to be useful across all disciplines, including health, environment, basic science, participatory research, policy and international development. STARDIT reports will be shared open access, using linked-data.
How could it be helpful?
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). Data is structured to facilitate machine translation. In this way STARDIT will help contribute to creating novel metrics for future research, and ‘living systematic reviews’ across languages.
STARDIT is being co-created in a collaborative way, with anyone in the world invited to be a part of shaping the development. We are currently preparing a version for peer review – you can:
- Provide feedback about the STARDIT Alpha Version here
- Join online discussions about the STARDIT Beta version development here
Read the STARDIT Alpha Version
A pre-print version of STARDIT 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.