With impetus from the National Interoperability Collaborative's (NIC) Project Unify to demonstrate health and human services interoperability, the Human Services W3C Community Group is beginning to catalog and analyze the various dictionaries for overlap and gaps.

Worldwide, and even within a single country, differing terms and definitions are being used for similar human services concepts.  Such concepts may be "program", "enrollments", "households", "performance measures", "homelessness", etc.. 

The Human Services W3C Community Group's purpose is to catalog, link, and improve upon the existing, human services ontologies, identify critical gaps, and to network with similarly minded people.  Some areas of human services, such as health care, have very established web ontologies, while other areas may not even have standardized definitions or data model, let alone web ontologies.

If this work does not progress, it will be increasingly difficult to compare performance, perform deep learning, and interoperate across different subdomains of human services.   Having an established set of human services knowledge graphs will allow communities around the world deliberately collaborate and diverge as they see fit, but without having to figure out everything on their own.

On Oct. 21, 2020, we are having our first meeting, with visionaries from around the world to broadly discuss areas of work the group can engage in.  

Agenda/info for Oct. 21, 2020 virtual meeting 

Please head to  https://www.w3.org/community/humanservices to join the group, and use the listserv/wiki/repository.

Also our partner group, the National Interoperability Collaborative's page is at https://hub.nic-us.org

We're looking forward to your contributions!