Formatting reported data
This article outlines general guidelines for designing a taxonomy that ensures the reported data is human-readable and machine-readable.
The format of a data report determines the usefulness of the data contained in the report. Sustainability reports can be submitted in various human-readable forms. To make the data more useful, the sustainability report should also be machine-readable. This enables the consumers of the data to use analysis tools to compare data gathered from several sources.
Regulators and data preparers should take the following into consideration:
Where reporting is open or contains narrative text, use the iXBRL format to collect sustainability data.
iXBRL tagging allows a sustainability report to be both human and machine-readable.
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Republish the collected data in two formats: as originally filed and in XBRL-JSON.
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Ensure data preparers use only units defined in the XBRL Unit Type Registry.
Using undefined units in a sustainability report may cause the filing to be invalid.
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If you need additional units defined in the Units Registry, contact XBRL.