News from the CKAN team
Last week CKAN team members converged on London for a code sprint. Some were locals while others came from Cambridge, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield, Dublin and Berlin. We got a lot done. Here are some highlights:
- The UK government’s data portal, data.gov.uk, has been upgraded to the latest version of CKAN. This is a big upgrade and there are lots of new improvements.
- We’re setting up a “CKAN hosted” service, to allow anyone to quickly and easily get their own instance of CKAN as a central, easy-to-find catalogue of their online data.
- We’re working on CKAN’s geospatial features – improving the search function so users can ask for datasets relevant to a place or area of interest.
- We’re integrating CKAN with Google Docs, so that users with a Google Docs spreadsheet can load, create and edit datasets in a CKAN repository, or even load data from another source and upload it to CKAN. We’re really excited about this – watch this space for more info in the new year!
On Wednesday most of us went to Cambridge to meet up with other OKFN people during the day, and for an OKFN Christmas party in the evening. My own most important contribution, as the brand-new community co-ordinator for CKAN, was to bring the lovingly hand-crafted mince pies.