As part of the traceability discussions, I suggested I would draft some words to help introduce the topic
Here's the document I've drafted. Thanks already to several community members who have read this and provided comments and suggestions.
In short, I propose we should now start to stop talking specifically about traceability. It seems a too narrow and technical concept to help us achieve what we want: networked data.
It seems beneficial to talk more directly about how our ambition is to connect IATI activities, so that we can discover data networks. In turn, these networks can help us see the broader picture of relationships, collaborations and constellations that make up the aid and humanitarian world. Using IATI activities as our building blocks can really help achieve this.
Traceability, as a specific term, seems limited. Tracing funds might be one thing we want to do when we have activities networked, but it is not our sole ambition. I therefore think we need to quietly retire traceability as an concept, and align with the IATI Strategic Plan, which states:
Development and humanitarian interventions are increasingly linked in more and more complex ways, and providing development support most effectively requires a shift from an individual to a more networked approach.
I hope these words can help community members see and discuss the potential the standard has and already illustrates for this network. It's an open document, and comments are extremely welcome (both here and in the document itself).
The core question is: do people align with the ambition of networking data?