The style of presenting information affects how comprehensible and usable it is. Open Development Initiative recommends adherence to the following two well-established systems for editorial style and referencing:
For general editorial style guidelines, punctuation, spelling and definitions:
Specific departures from AP, developed for ODI, have been documented in an in-house style guide (v0.9) that builds on AP and includes a detailed list of Cambodian place names in English.
For referencing research:
ODI has been transitioning to a modified and simplified referencing style based on Chicago Style. Given that all ODI references can be sourced online, the preference is to include the document title as a hyperlink to the URL of the document on CKAN or other source location. In addition, the date of access is necessary.
These are the preferred styles for the types of documents most frequently referenced:
Webpages, reports, news articles, briefings, datasets
Open Development Mekong. 2019. SDG 3 Good health and well-being. Accessed January 10, 2020.
Chapters from books
Jorg Menzel. 2016. "Cambodia from Civil War to a Constitution to Constitutionalism?" in Cambodian Constitutional Law, edited by Hor Peng, Kong Phallack and Jorg Menzel, pp 5-40. Cambodia: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Accessed January 10, 2020.
Articles from journals
Elizabeth Rataj, Katharina Kunzweiler and Susan Garthus-Niegel. 2016. "Extreme weather events in developing countries and related injuries and mental health disorders - a systematic review" in BMC Public Health 16:1020. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3692-7. Accessed January 10, 2020.
Although your organization may choose to establish its own specific guidelines for editorial style, we require that these be based on AP or Chicago Style, be well documented, and in general the following principles should apply:
The OD country instance is pre-installed with the tools necessary to gather, edit, geo-tag and publish news summaries according to established editorial standards and best practices.
Please see News collection and curation.