Standard for Public Code


  1. Request for contributions
  2. Help improve this standard
  3. Preview, build and deploy
  4. Generating a PDF of the Standard for Public Code
  5. License

Standard for Public Code

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Request for contributions

We believe public policy and software should be inclusive, usable, open, legible, accountable, accessible and sustainable. This means we need a new way of designing, developing and procuring both the source code and policy documentation.

This standard sets a quality level for codebases that meets the needs of public organizations, institutions and administrations as well as other critical infrastructural services.

The standard lives at See for an overview of all content.

Thumbnail for the video on the Standard for Public Code: a printed version lying on a table between two hands

A video introduction to Standard for Public Code from Creative Commons Global Summit 2020 (4:12) on YouTube.

Help improve this standard

We are looking for people like you to contribute to this project by suggesting improvements and helping develop it. šŸ˜Š Get started by reading our contributors guide. Since it is such a core document we will accept contributions when they add significant value. Weā€™ve described how we govern the standard in the governance statement.

Please note that this project is released with a contributor code of conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms. Please be lovely to all other community members.

Preview, build and deploy

The repository builds to a static site deployed at It is built with GitHub pages and Jekyll.

See the scripts in the script folder.

Generating a PDF of the Standard for Public Code

Using Weasyprint the file print.html can be converted to a nice looking PDF.

weasyprint http://localhost:4000/print.html standard.pdf


Ā© The authors and contributors

The standard is licensed under CC 0, which also applies to all illustrations and the documentation. This means anyone can do anything with it. If you contribute you also grant these rights to others. You can read more about how to help in the contributing guide.