XML, the hidden technology behind IATI and a lot more

Last week I attended the XML Prague conference: 3 days of workshops and presentations about XML technology and tools that are widely used, but mostly invisible. XML is everywhere: your Word and Excel files contain XML to capture your words and figures. Banks exchange information using XML messages. Electronic invoicing is based on XML. Statistical […]

Webmaster spam

It’s heart-warming to get emails from people who read one of my blog posts of over a decade ago, and took the effort to write to me that their product is missing, or that they have a nice post about something too. Could you mention it in your article as an extra and fresh resource? […]

The state of open data in the development sector

For completeness, I copied my post from the Data4Development site: The State of Open Data (Davies et al., 2019) is an extensive report about “all things open data”. Chapter 5 deals with open data for development assistance and humanitarian action, and highlights the crucial chicken-and-egg problem we see as well: Lack of investment in data […]

Spreadsheets to IATI: our service

How do you produce and publish IATI files when you have more than a handful of projects? And when the information is spread over multiple systems? We’re now offering a “Spreadsheet to IATI service” to help you with that. Maybe you recognise this: We have dozens of projects: copy-pasting information into an online tool is […]

Partos workshop on working with results in IATI

In 2016, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced public IATI data as a replacement for quarterly progress reports for their grantees [1]Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (2015) ‘How to use the IATI Standard’. Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken., and so dozen of (mainly Dutch) organisations have started integrating IATI into their internal management information processes, and […]