We know that it’s really important to include organisation references in IATI data.

When another organisation is already publishing, then their reference is readily available.  

But when they don’t this can start to get tricky. 

 A small new feature on d-portal can help us start to discover who else might be using a reference. 

Here’s how it works.

In d-portal, the name and reference of a participating organisation, as well as those included in a transaction, are always displayed on the activity page.  

Here’s an example from an activity published by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

References from example activity

It has always been the case that if someone clicks on the reference for an existing IATI publisher, they would be taken to their specific page, detailing all their activities: in this case XM-DAC-3-1 leads to the Danish MFA page.

But here, the Ministry of Finance is not a publisher of any IATI data.  Previously, d-portal would then take you to a “blank” page, which wasn’t so helpful.  

This issue has now been fixed, thanks to those maintaining d-portal and community member input.

Now, clicking on ET-COA-152 takes us to a page such as this:

Page on d-portal for ET-COA-152

This gives us all the other activities (81 in total) that include a participating-org with this exact same reference. 

Interestingly, we can also see that five publishers share this reference alongside the Danish MFA: FCDO; UNDP; AfDB & IoM:

List of publishers that use ET-COA-152 in the participating-org reference field

So - that’s the change, which we hope will be helpful to people. 

Of course, we recognise and appreciate this alone doesn’t address the wider issue on organisation references, particularly in terms of their discovery and formation.  

As we all progress with this topic, we encourage you to explore this new feature on d-portal and provide any feedback. 

Comments (2)

Michelle Levesque
Michelle Levesque

Great initiative and progress. I notice the CSV extraction doesn't include the participating org ID and name/description. If that could be added we may be able to see the various names given to the same code and help improve some of the data quality issues. Just a thought.

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