York Open Service Directory Explained

York Open Service Directory is a database of thousands of groups, activities, services, venues, childcare provision, adult social care services and more! All the information is maintained at a central hub called York Family Information Service. The information is then available to use freely by partners on their own websites, apps, events... in any way they want!

The idea is a simple one. An up to date and comprehensive listing of "what is available in York" that can be reused flexibly across lots of different platforms without cost.

A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike." - Open definition

There are many different times when you hear the words "We need a directory of…" and "it could be available online through a one stop shop website". This as a model doesn’t work. There are too many overlapping requirements for a single point of delivery to be truly successful for the diverse range of audiences for the information. An Open Data approach is how we share information before it gets to the point of delivery.