In order to be recognized as a digital public good by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA), projects must conform to the definition of digital public goods as laid out by the UN Secretary General in the 2020 Roadmap to Digital Cooperation: digital public goods must be open-source software, open data, open AI models, open standards and open content that adhere to privacy and other applicable laws and best practices, do no harm by design, and help attain the SDGs.
This definition has been translated into 9 indicators each of which is measured through a set of requirements captured in this submission form. This guide provides details on each of the indicators and the information that must be provided so you can gather all of the requisite information prior to starting the application process. By submitting the form you agree that the information will be in the public domain, and licensed as such (currently through the Unlicense). Your name and contact information will remain private.
This process is subject to change and additional information may be requested in addition to what is collected through this form.
Please note that there is no way to save and return to an application once begun. If you do not have complete information about a project please provide as much information about the project as possible and complete the submission by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Projects with more complete information will move quicker through the review process.
We encourage nominations by people who are not directly connected to the project, however the final section of the submission must be completed by someone authorized to speak on behalf of the project. If you are nominating on behalf of a project, please complete the initial 2 sections and then either contact an appropriate individual to finalize the application or submit the application without the final section and we will follow-up with the project.
Once a project is submitted it will undergo a review to ensure that it meets the requirements of the standard. Once a project is reviewed and identified as meeting the requirements it will move from Nominee to a Digital Public Good.
Movement through the process is transparently displayed on GitHub and can be viewed here.
Here are some examples of submissions that might be helpful:
Requirements – All Submission Questions
A full list of the 9 indicators and required information that will be requested from the projects during the submission process is maintained on GitHub.
If you have feedback or additional questions about the submission process that are not answered here. Please submit them as issues in the public GitHub repo or by using this form and we will do our best to respond to your inquiry. This FAQ will be updated on an ongoing basis.
1. I’m not sure that the digital solutions I want to nominate meets the criteria, can I still apply? If I do not meet the criteria for becoming a digital public good, can I reapply?
Visit our eligibility form in advance of nominating if you are uncertain if your digital solution meets the DPG Standard. The DPGA also welcomes updates to nominations. If interested in reapplying send the updated information and the evidence of the change to email@example.com and we will review your submission and update as appropriate.
2. Why should I participate in this process now?
The goal of the DPGA is to promote Digital Public Goods in order to create a more equitable world. As the DPGA is still in a formation phase, participating in the nomination process increases the visibility, support for and prominence of an open project that is contributing positively to the world. It also makes you a pioneering contributor to the establishment of the Digital Public Goods Alliance so that we can expand our impact and reach to support even more digital public goods.
3. Where can I track the progress of my submission?
Once a project becomes a nominee you can see its progress through the assessment process in this public GitHub Repo. A pull request will be opened for each project which we will progressively update as we review and validate the information provided. Thus, you will be able to track the vetting process as it unfolds.
4. What happens after a project is recognized as a “DPG” by the DPGA?
We are constantly adding additional offerings to support vetted digital public goods, here is a quick summary of the current and upcoming benefits to recognized digital public goods.
- Assessed projects will be informed by the DPGA
- Displayed on the DPGA website
- Announced through the DPGA’s blog and mailing lists
- The project’s designation will be reflected on connected platforms such as DIAL’s digital public goods catalog where it can easily be discovered by implementers, partners and funders.
- Projects are empowered to describe themselves as approved DPGs by the DPGA
- Projects are encouraged to work with the DPGA to identify other ways for the DPGA to support and amplify the project, brand and mission.
- We are working with additional partners to establish visual icons and indicators to increase the discoverability and prominence of vetted digital public goods.
- DPGs will be eligible to be included in additional assessments by communities of experts seeking to make recommendations specifically to government procurers and funding bodies.
- Additional offerings for recognized DPGs including mentorship, consultation, and funding.