About the IATI Registry

The IATI Registry provides links to all raw data officially published by organisations using the IATI Standard.

This is machine-readable data in XML format that can be exchanged between, and used by, a growing number of tools and applications.

How the IATI Registry is structured

The IATI Registry contains the following features:
  • Publishers - entries for organisations that are publishing IATI data.
  • Dataset - records from Publishers that contain a direct link to IATI data, plus metadata.
  • Files - the direct link to an IATI data file - contained within a Package, maintained by a Publisher.

Together, the ecosystem of Publishers > Datasets > Files works to provide a system through which IATI data can be accessed, queried and tracked.

Please note - the IATI Registry does not directly host or warehouse IATI data from Publishers. The IATI Registry acts as a repository of links to the data, usually hosted directly by the Publisher.

IATI Publishers

Organisations that publish IATI data are known as Publishers. A full list of all Publishers is available, which can be filtered by name, country and organisation type. The number of files these organisations have published is also listed.

Further details of the process each Publisher undertakes can be found on the Publisher page. This may include information about the structure, scope and timescales of their data, along with a link to their Implementation Schedule, where appropriate.

IATI Datasets

The IATI Registry contains links to the all the raw data published by organisations. This data is never hosted directly on the IATI Registry. Hence, the IATI Registry publishes IATI Datasets that contain the direct link to the raw data file, plus metadata.

IATI Files

IATI Datasets contain links to data published to either the IATI Organisation Standard or the IATI Activity Standard. These links are the IATI Files. The IATI files may contain singular or multiple organisations or activities. This will depend on the scope and nature of the publishing organisation.

Viewing IATI data via the IATI Registry

From any IATI Dataset it is possible to:
  • Download the raw data. This will download the XML file. Depending upon the machine and configuration you are using, this ‘raw data’ will be opened in a variety of ways.
  • Preview the data. This provides a simple view of the data, within a single webpage.
  • Access a CSV of the data. This provides an interface to convert the data into a spreadsheet format.

Searching the IATI Registry

It is possible to search the IATI Datasets via a number of facets, including country, organisation type, and file type.

Please note: this search is at the metadata level - and so may not always reflect the data contained within the associated File(s). It is therefore recommended to conduct data searches via the IATI Datastore.

Please note: larger publishing organisations tend to publish multiple IATI Datasets, segmented by country/region. This may not always be the best way to search for IATI data - best practice is to utilise the IATI Datastore.

Following updates to IATI Data

Publishers are able to update any Datasets at any time. These changes are logged in the Publisher and Package ‘history’.

In addition, the IATI Registry tracks every File on a nightly basis, looking for any change within the IATI data. If any update is found, an entry to the Dataset history is also recorded.

Please note: the Registry is indiscriminate about the nature of changes recovered. This could simply be a change of date, or a complete change of data. Only a note of ‘a change’ is recorded in the Dataset history.

Additionally, it is possible to ‘subscribe’ to updates on any particular Publisher or Dataset via the ‘follow’ buttons on relevant pages. This will result in updates being available at your own ‘dashboard’, when logged in.