In the process of curating over 4,000 civic tech projects, we’ve begun to develop a comprehensive taxonomy of social causes. We present that taxonomy here in the hopes that you’ll find it useful in your own work, and so you can contribute back to improving it. Like everything else on the Civic Tech Field Guide, this collection is openly available for you to re-purpose and re-use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. This taxonomy is also openly available as a CSV download.
We tag civic tech projects with the issue area or domain they address, their format, and their scale. This is an evolving taxonomy, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you see a missing area of work addressed by civic tech projects or would like to help develop it. We’re eager to learn how we can improve it.
We’ve been gradually introducing this taxonomy, so many of the projects already included in the Civic Tech Field Guide are not yet tagged. If you’d like to help by adding tags, you can do so by creating an account and editing a project Listing.
By Sustainable Development Goal
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.” The goals are intersectional.
By issue area
Which domain does the project address?
Education and edtech
How does the project manifest in the world? What is it?
Commercial and/or mainstream products
Private data for public good
By political unit
What political scale is the project designed to address?
Does the project seek to empower a specific audience?
By current event
Collections of projects that were launched to help with specific historic events.