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19. Why does IATI XML data have to be on the IATI Registry for it to be taken into account in 2016?

Only data linked to the IATI Registry will be taken into account in 2016 in recognition that it is easier to locate and use than data published in lots of different locations. The IATI Registry is an important component of IATI publication, as it makes data discoverable and easier to access. IATI publishers “register” their IATI XML data, providing links back to the original source data – which remains on donors’ own websites – and other useful metadata. As a result the IATI publication approach is interpreted strictly for the Index, meaning that IATI XML data needs to be available via the IATI Registry for it to be taken into account. IATI XML data that is not on the Registry is scored the same as other machine-readable data.