Standardised Data on Initiatives – STARDIT
There is currently no standardised way to share information about initiatives and problem-solving across and between fields such as health, environment, basic science, manufacturing, education, media and international development.
All major problems, including complex global problems such as air pollution and pandemics, require reliable data sharing between disciplines in order to respond effectively. Such problems require evidence-informed collaborative methods, multidisciplinary research and interventions in which the people who are affected are involved in every stage.
A multi-disciplinary international team of over 100 citizens, experts and data-users has been involved in co-creating the STARDIT Beta version to help everyone in the world share, find and understand information about collective human actions, which are referred to as ‘initiatives’.
STARDIT is an open access data-sharing system to standardise the way that information about initiatives is reported, including information about which tasks were done by different people. Reports can be updated at all stages, from planning to evaluation, and can report impacts in many languages, using Wikidata. STARDIT is free to use, and data can be submitted by anyone. Report authors can be verified to improve trust and transparency, and data checked for quality.
STARDIT can help create high-quality standardised information on initiatives trying to solve complex multidisciplinary global problems. Among its main benefits, STARDIT offers those carrying out research and interventions access to standardised information which enables well-founded comparisons of the effectiveness of different methods. This article outlines progress to date; information about submitting reports; planned next steps and how anyone can become involved.
A working Beta version of the STARDIT report completion tool can be found here: ScienceForAll.World/STARDIT/Beta
A pre-print of the STARDIT Beta version can be found here.
- A STARDIT report is created by completing a simple online form (please note you will need to create a Wikispore account to save your report)
- Create or search for a report by typing in the name of your report, and hit ‘create or edit’
- Data that can then be added includes information about an initiative including the title (description), the aims, methods, who was involved, how it was funded and any impacts or outcomes
- Complete all the data fields and then hit ‘save page’ at the bottom of the page
- Once submitted, Editors will check the data the STARDIT report will be entered into the database.
- The STARDIT report is then findable and editable by anyone.
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, Johns Hopkins University, 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.
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.
Learn about how ‘Standardised Data on Initiatives’ (STARDIT) works in this free webinar as part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s WikiCite Conference 2020. 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 reports
A number of STARDIT reports have been published.
All STARDIT reports can be found here.
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
The feedback period for the Beta version of ‘Standardised Data on Initiatives’ (STARDIT) has now ended, an article describing the Beta version is now being prepared for publication and peer-review.
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.
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.