This document outlines a proposal for
a standardised way of describing the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘what’ of initiatives
such as research, education interventions, policy and international
development. It will create a way to share Standardised Data
on Initiatives – or STARDIT for short.
STARDIT is a proposed way of
developing terminology to report ‘interventions’, ‘research’, ‘projects’ and
other similar words that describe any kind of ‘initiative’ or action,
standardising data about initiatives and reporting impacts in multiple human
also provides a way for initiatives to share ongoing updates to create ‘living’
reports throughout the lifetime of an initiative (for example, at the planning
stage, the doing stage and the evaluation stage). Data is structured to
facilitate machine translation. In this way STARDIT will help contribute to
creating novel metrics for future research, across languages.
will be shared in a way which will allow the creation of “living-systematic
reviews” which could compare initiatives, including impacts and methods of
involvement - allowing future involvement in research to be more evidence-informed.
STARDIT is being co-created in a
collaborative way, with anyone in the world invited to be a part of shaping the
development. All information about it will be shared for free under a Creative
The project is currently being hosted by the WikiJournals on Wikimedia
Foundation servers. The co-creation process is being supported pro-bono by the
charity ‘Science for All’ and has received in kind support from the EPPI-Centre.