How can I implement the OCDS?

Objectives

To implement the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) you should follow the steps in the implementation guidance and rules in the reference section. This page will:

  • Outline next steps you can follow to start implementing OCDS documentation

  • Direct you to resources for getting help on implementing OCDS

Beyond the Primer, you can use the following resources contained in the OCDS documentation to help you implement the OCDS. The remainder of the documentation covers:

  • Guidance: Step-by-step instructions on how to design and implement an OCDS publication, including helpful tools and examples

  • Reference: Describing the specific rules that need to be followed to publish OCDS data

  • Getting help: Outlining how you can get Helpdesk support and how you can participate in the OCDS community

  • Governance: Details about the stewardships, development, and revisions process for OCDS

  • History: Information about the changes in each version of the OCDS

  • Data Review Tool: A tool to help check whether your data is following the OCDS correctly.

Have a question? Ask us!

OCP and the OCDS offers a free Helpdesk service to support you in publishing or using OCDS data. If you are planning to publish or use OCDS data, then the OCDS Helpdesk is on-hand to offer advice and input, by:

  • Helping you identify approaches for converting data from your existing systems to the OCDS

  • Suggesting existing tools and services that can help you publish or use OCDS data

  • Providing guidance on mapping your data structures to the OCDS

  • Giving you feedback on draft data files, and checking the structure of your data

Helpdesk support is available in English and Spanish and delivered through collaboration with Open Data Services Cooperative in the United Kingdom and Centro de Desarrollo Sostenible in Paraguay. If you have a question about OCDS implementation, e-mail data@open-contracting.org and a member of the OCDS Helpdesk will be in touch with you soon.

Note

To continue learning about OCDS implementation, go to the next page in the documentation: Guidance. You can also review the resources below to go deeper into the subjects introduced on this page.

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