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Open Standards

Open standards refer to file formats, protocols and application interfaces that can be implemented by everyone.The standard specification is publically available and the standardization is open and transparent.

Search the catalog for open standards that are used by different levels of Canadian public administrations.

You may also add a standard or update its data using the Open Standards Form.

Need help? Check our user guide on how to use the Open Resource Exchange platform.

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Standard Description Standard Setting Organization Tag Level of government Administration
JSON Data Interchange Syntax Text-based, language-independent syntax for defining data interchange formats. Ecma International Data  federal  tbs-sct 
Date and time format An internationally accepted way to represent dates and times using numbers. International Organization for Standardization Date Time  federal  tbs-sct 
Business Process Model and Notation BPMN is a notation and graphical representation for specifying business processes. Object Management Group Process  federal  tbs-sct 
Unicode Transformation Format 8 UTF-8 is a variable width character encoding capable of encoding all valid code points in Unicode using one to four 8-bit bytes. The encoding is defined by the Unicode standard. IETF Web Text  federal federal  tbs-sct lac-bac 
HyperText Markup Language 5 HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content on the Web. It is the fifth and current major version of the HTML standard. W3C Web  federal  tbs-sct 
Language codes Internationally recognized codes for the representation of languages. International Organization for Standardization Languages  federal  tbs-sct 

Data is also made available in JSON format for open data and use in other applications.