Within the IATI activity standard any number of links to supporting documents can be declared.
The main element for this is:
- document-link - a categorized link to an external document.
The following also enable the links from the iati-activity to external resources:
- linked data - declaring the path at which information on the specific iati-activity is available as linked-data
When using the IATI activity standard to declare related documents, the following should be considered:
- All document-link should be presented in the form of URLs (eg: http://example.org/exampledocument.odt)
- The URL must resolve to a valid internet address that provides direct access to the document in question.
- Attention should be paid by the publisher to any links that become obsolete.
- If the documents are in different languages, which are available at different URLs, then repeat the document-link element
- If the same document has multiple languages within it, then repeat the language element.
- For every document presented a title and at least one category is required
- The title element can be repeated for different languages, regardless of the language of the actual document.
- The free-text instances of title should avoid use of text in CAPITALS, where possible.
- In the IATI activity standard, documents that relate to the specific iati-activity would be linked to. Organisation/agency specific documents are published via the IATI organisation standard.
- For document category in the IATI activity standard, it is expected that the DocumentCategory code would be have the A prefix.
- When a document has multiple categories, then the category element can be repeated.
- Using the @format attribute helps inform what to expect from the document.
- Use of the @format must be accompanied by a code on the FileFormat codelist.
- The document-date/@iso-date would normally be the production or published date of the relevant document to identify the specific document version.
In versions 2.01 and above, the following must also be considered:
- The schema data type used for some data fields where a URL is expected is now set as xsd:anyURI.
- The activity-website element has been removed. These can now be expressed as a document-link with the relevant FileFormat and DocumentType codes.
- Any freetext title must be included in the child narrative element, which can be repeated for different languages.