(Obsolete) HXL tag dictionary
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This Google Spreadsheet remains online for historical interest. The official version of the alpha standard is available at the following address:
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http://hxlstandard.org/standard/dictionary
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HXL tag dictionary (obsolete)
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Tag your data!
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This workbook defines the tags used in the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) to mark up data spreadsheets for exchange and automated processing. You add these tags in a row after the last header row in a spreadsheet, leaving a cell blank if there is no corresponding HXL tag, then include the spreadsheet data afterwards. For more information about using these tags, please see the following document:
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HXL tagging conventions
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Standard HXL tag extensions
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(none)Plain, human-readable text (e.g. a placename).
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_dateA date or time period (e.g. 2012).
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_degDegrees of latitude or longitude.
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_idA code or unique identifier (e.g. a P-code).
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_lnkA URL (web link).
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_numA numeric value.
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Change history
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2014-08-14David Megginson- added #idp_num and #refugee_num
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2014-07-29David Megginson- renamed #origin_link to #data_link to avoid confusion
- added #origin and #origin_id to support UNHCR data
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2014-07-28David MegginsonRefine demographic tags for refugee/displacement reporting:
- added #loctype and #loctype_id
- added #people_num, #households_num, #females_num, #males_num
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2014-07-23David MegginsonMAJOR REWRITE:
- started referring to "Tags" instead of "Codes", to follow new hashtag-type approach
- added "#" to the start of every tag by analogy with hashtags, and replace "." with "_" to respect hashtag syntax
- removed column with old three-character alphanumeric codes
- removed all deprecated codes from 2014-06-27
- removed section numbers
- added this introductory sheet, with change history back to April
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2014-06-27David MegginsonMAJOR REWRITE:
- replaced three-character alphanumeric codes with human-readable codes (kept the old codes for reference in their own column)
- deprecated all properties for code sources (it's not a current practice in the humanitarian community to cite sources for codes)
- deprecated codes related to administrative subdivision levels 6 and 7 and latitude/longitude accuracy in the Location section
- added new codes for age/sex categories in the Demographics section
- added new code for number of items delivered (output) in the Activities and outputs section
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2014-06-11David MegginsonAdded 003 time period applicable (single date) to the Metadata section. Added AB0 Number of people injured to the Impact and needs section.
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2014-06-09David MegginsonAdded links for methodology, crisis, and data origin to the metadata section. Added number of people targeted, in need, and reached in the Impact and needs section.
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2014-05-30David MegginsonAdd codes for activity status (3W).
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2014-05-15David MegginsonAdd codes to identify a crisis.
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2014-05-05David MegginsonRenumbered codes to leave space for future additions.
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2014-04-29David MegginsonAdded codes specific to impact and needs (Humanitarian Profile).
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2014-04-28David MegginsonAdded descriptions and examples. Added codes specific to 3W data. Start using letters as well as numbers in the codes.
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2014-04-17David MegginsonInitial draft, using 3-digit alphanumeric codes. Focussing on common items like metadata and location.
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Overview
Report metadata
Location
Demographics
Impact and needs
Activities and outputs