Digital standards status
Descriptions of the status values and when to apply these to the standards.
These status values and their colours are listed on the “Standards catalogue status” worksheet in the Government Digital Standards Catalogue, December 2020 (XLSX, 1.8 MB).
GEAG is the Government Enterprise Architecture Group. They act as an advisory body to the Government Enterprise Architect.
FC = future consideration
FC is orange as a warning that it has not yet been accepted by the Government Enterprise Architecture Group (GEAG) as a standard.
An agency can identify and propose new all-of-government (AoG) digital standards to GEAG.
If GEAG agrees, they will be added to the digital standards catalogue as FC = future consideration.
X = not accepted
X is red as a warning that this standard was considered by GEAG but not accepted as an AoG digital standard.
This could be where it is considered to have features that are incompatible with other standards or policy including legislation.
M = mandated
M is blue and is used when a standard is mandated by an authoritative body.
This could be when:
- a standard such as legislation is mandated by parliament
- an AoG product and service is mandated
- a standard is mandated by a NZ government agency with the mandate to do so. An example is the Public Records Act 2005 that gives the Chief Archivist in Archives NZ the authority to mandate the Information and Records Management Standard.
R = recommended
R is dark green and indicates that the GEAG prefers this standard.
This could be when a standard has advantages that makes it preferred above other A = accepted standards. This could be for strategic reasons to guide future digital investment.
A = accepted
A is green and indicates that the GEAG has accepted this standard.
This is when the GEAG has determined a standard is A as an AoG digital standard. This could be when:
- GEAG has determined it is an acceptable and viable standard and can be used by government agencies; but has no particular advantage over similar standards that would make it R = recommended
- a recognised responsible sector, agency, community of interest, or community of practice sets standards in that area such as Land Information NZ (LINZ) setting geospatial standards
- an R standard is replaced by a new R standard and the original becomes A.
I = informational
I is grey and indicates the GEAG considers this standard to contain useful information.
This is when the GEAG has determined that a standard is I but not an AoG digital standard. This may be when:
- we reference standards from other jurisdictions for a deeper understanding of an area such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards from the United States of America
- international standards that we reference when developing our own standards.
D = deprecated
D is black and indicates the GEAG has determined that a standard is now deprecated and not used for new work, but may still be in use.
This could be when:
- a standard that was previously an AoG digital standard R = recommended, A = accepted, is now no longer okay for new work. It is still okay to continue using in existing applications, just not for new standards
- an I = informational standard is no longer relevant.