As you may have seen, the IATI Datastore is currently unavailable. The Secretariat expects that this will be resolved by Q4 2021. There is an urgent need to provide continuity of service for existing and potential users of the IATI Datastore.
Datastore Classic is used to support systems in Liberia and Somalia. It is also used by a number of other users. It currently runs quite happily on a €15 a month server, though concurrent requests are a bit slow.
As Chair of the Data Use Working Group, I propose that we use funds from the DUWG to do the following:
a) increase the server capacity of Datastore Classic;
b) pay a supplier (I propose Open Data Services, given that several staff there were intimately involved with the development of what became Datastore Classic) 2 days a month for maintenance;
c) manage this as a community project, with input from relevant users, perhaps as a sub-group of the DUWG;
d) redirect all requests from iatidatastore.iatistandard.org to Datastore Classic (IATI tech team would just have to point this domain at a server that the community manages). Datastore Classic would then try to forward as many of these requests as possible, and would log unhandled requests.
I would not receive any income through this proposal. I would continue to help manage and provide further development to Datastore Classic as part of my own work supporting the Government of Liberia.
Look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts!
All the best