The Open Philanthropy Exchange Consortium has released initial specifications for an open technical computing standard for the nonprofit community.
The standard, called OPX, is essentially a single technical language that all participating parties agree to speak in order to make the exchange of information simple and efficient. Those who use the standard will be able to send data to one another without translation and without creating new interfaces. All transfers will take place according to the privacy and security standard of the site sending the information.
The standard is intended to allow seamless transfers of donor and gift information between Web sites, database software and donor relationship management tools.
A number of leading technology companies have already indicated their support of the standard, including Charity.ca, Charity Reach, eContributor, MicroEdge and consortium founding members Blackbaud, Charitableway, and MyAssociation.com.
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