Requirements to Open Source Solutions
|1. Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals
|Open Source Solution must demonstrate relevance to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
|2. Use of Approved Open Licenses
|Digital Public Goods must demonstrate the use of an “Approved Open License”.
The full list of licenses presented here.
|3. Clear Ownership
|Ownership of assets that the Open Source Solution be clearly defined and documented. For example, through copyright, trademark or other publicly available information.
|4. Platform Independence
|When the Open Source Solution has mandatory dependencies that create more restrictions than the original license, proving independence from the closed component(s) and/or indicating the existence of functional, open alternatives that can be used without significant changes to the core product is required.
|Open Source Solution require documentation of the source code, use cases, and/or functional requirements. For content collections, this should include all relevant/compatible apps, software, or hardware required to access the content collection, and instructions regarding how to use it. For software solutions, this should be technical documentation that would allow a technical person unfamiliar with the project to launch and run the software. For data projects, this should be documentation that describes all the fields in the set, and provides context on how the dataset was collected, and how it should be interpreted.
|6. Mechanism for Extracting Data
|Open Source Solutions with non-personally identifiable information (PII) design for possibility of extracting or importing non-PII data and content from the system in a non-proprietary format.
|7. Adherence to Privacy and Applicable Laws
|Open Source Solutions must be designed and developed to comply with privacy and other applicable laws.
|8. Adherence to Standards & Best Practices
|Open Source Solution must be designed and developed to align with relevant standards, best practices, and/or principles. For example, the Principles for Digital Development.
|9. Do No Harm by Design
|Open Source Solution must be designed to anticipate, prevent, and do no harm by design.
|9.a) Data Privacy & Security
|Open Source Solution that collect, store and distribute personally identifiable data, must demonstrate how they ensure the privacy, security and integrity of this data in addition to the steps taken to prevent adverse impacts resulting from its collection, storage and distribution.
Regarding the protection of personally identifiable data (or personal data), an open source solution must comply with:
|9.b) Inappropriate & Illegal Content
|Open Source Solution that collect, store or distribute content must have policies identifying inappropriate and illegal content such as child sexual abuse materials in addition to processes for detecting, moderating, reporting and removing inappropriate/ illegal content.
|9.c) Protection from Harassment
|If the digital public good facilitates interactions with or between users or contributors there must be a process for users and contributors to protect themselves against grief, abuse, and harassment. The project must have system(s) to address the safety and security of underage users.