RDx Data Exchange Standard & API Service

Piloting and ongoing Case Studies 

The future EITI reporting process should use data directly from government IT systems, rather than from a parallel reporting process. In order to do so, government systems needs to be able to share the data required. This project document describes a project where RDx can be implemented by IT service providers providing support to government institutions that are ready to use it.

In 2011, RDF started using an XML data schema for publishing data from the government systems it implemented in Sierra Leone (Mining Cadastre Administration System - MCAS) to an online portal (Online Repository). The schema has been developed over the years to include all EITI data requirements, and is now an embedded feature of all RDF’s systems. In 2014 further improvements were made for government institutions to use the schema for data sharing between RDF’s systems and those provided by third parties IT providers. In Sierra Leone, data compiled following this approach was used for EITI “pre-reconciliation” during data validation, proving that it is possible for a future EITI process to validate government data directly from government systems, rather than by requesting government entities to complete forms to report payments for validation. 

At the EITI board meeting in Myanmar October 2014, RDF launched RDx as its integration data format supporting EITI. The EITI Board and Chair introduced “mainstreaming” as a strategic priority, avoiding that EITI becomes a reporting process parallel to government, but rather build it as an inherent part of government systems. In the discussions since then, the EITI Secretariat has encouraged the development of common data formats and promote good practice around data sharing that can further the EITI data methodology.
The RDx format is based on proven practice by a number of government systems in several countries, and with third party system providers. 

How RDx will be Supported

The workflow is following a cycle of learning from applying RDx, summarising these lessons in use cases and suggest improvements to the steering committee, who releases new version of the RDx common format, which is implemented by system providers and generating new lessons and suggestions for improvements. 

The programme will allow RDF to designate a systems engineer to support the process, applying lessons from the field, develop new releases and making them available to the system providers on the code repository and technical support in applying it. RDF will use specialists in-country to support the formation of data sharing agreement and task forces that enable the relevant systems to be integrated and provide the data to the EITI process.