The Local Government Association have asked iStandUK to propose a data standard in which local services can be described.  We’ve worked with a number of councils, and suppliers of directory software, to come up with a consistent format so that information from many sources can be combined and presented for an area, or a need and so on.


The format makes use of the common lists of terms developed by the ESD toolkit, and common identifiers for geographic areas, and organisations.  We are now supporting the LGA to pilot the format with councils across Lancashire, where ‘apps’ are being developed to show how this content can be used to help people with a need or circumstance to discover relevant local services.