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Call for Participation in Human Services Community Group

The Human Services Community Group has been launched:


The goals of the Community Group on Human Service Data are to:

1. Create an ongoing conversation space around data standards in the human service sector that will involve stakeholders from multiple perspectives including:

1a. Both government human service agencies and nonprofits/charities;

1b. Diverse substantive areas (e.g. welfare benefits eligibility, information and referral services, homelessness, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, etc.);

1c. Diverse stakeholder purposes including exchange of data for operational purposes and collection of
data for performance measurement, evaluation and policy research.

2. Facilitate the development, improvement and convergence of human service data standards, vocabularies, ontologies, and domain models by:

2a. Fostering wider recognition of existing efforts and artifacts;

2b. Analyzing the strengths, limitations, and areas of overlap, agreement and divergence of existing efforts and artifacts;

2c. Identifying areas where standards do not yet exist but are needed;

2d. Convening working groups of diverse composition to develop and improve standards;

2e. Promoting the adoption of standards.

Scope of Work

The boundary of the Community Group’s work is the set of
substantive areas which are recognized in the United States
and/or internationally as falling within the human service
sector. This includes but is not limited to information and
referral services, income support and other welfare benefits,
employment training, homelessness, substance abuse, mental
health, child welfare, juvenile justice, domestic violence, and
senior services.

The borders between the human service sector on the one hand and
the health, education and justice sectors on the other hand are
not firmly defined. The community group will be open to working
on any area that is related to the human services and is not
entirely within the boundaries of the health, education or
justice sectors.


To be determined.

Dependencies or Liaisons

The Community Group will seek to form relationships with organizations including but not limited to

*Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology (SDGIO) on support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Project

* Human Service Information Technology Applications (HUSITA)

*Health Level Seven

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2014-05-12 by Eric Jahn. The following people supported its creation: Eric Jahn, Derek Coursen, Brian Sokol, Luke Scriver, Jahmal Brown. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of its activities.

The group now has access to W3C-hosted services for email, blog, wikis, irc, tracking tools, and more. Read more about tools and services available by default and upon request.

If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please send us email on

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team

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