Latest news from CKAN
Happy new year to all CKANistas! Today, 18 January, is CKAN’s fifth birthday – five years to the day since Rufus made the first commit to the CKAN code repository. It’s good to see that in the intervening 5 years, the project and the number of contributors has really taken off. Here is a roundup of recent activity:
- Open Data in Serbia is getting a big push, now that the Pipin Institute in Belgrade have setup a CKAN instance running in Serbian (in Latin and Cyrillic character sets). Preview it at rs.ckan.net.
- The data preview functionality is improving. Rufus has changed it to use a different library (backbone.js) and improved the UI. You can view the data as a table and filter or transform columns (à la Google Refine), and it also provides a quick graph. Try the demo here.
- publicdata.eu, a CKAN server that aggregates metadata from all around Europe is having an upgrade by Adrià. There are a variety of ‘harvesters’ which scrape from other sites that need fixing up to work with the latest CKAN, and we’re adding some more (such as the new Serbian site!) and upgrading to the latest version of CKAN.
- We’ve been advertising for a Project Manager and Ira has been looking at applications coming in so far.
- Activity Streams are an exciting new feature that is starting to become visible in our UI. It’s like the news feed on Facebook (or GitHub) for datasets and users that you are interested in. It’s Sean’s first feature since joining us (welcome, Sean!). We should have it up on the test server in a couple of days to start getting feedback.
- Adrià has also been working on CKAN’s new geospatial features. Here is a sneak preview of selecting datasets of interest by geographical area, using a map interface:
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