Life on planet CKAN
Life has been busy as ever on planet CKAN. Here’s a round-up of this week’s news.
- There will be some CKAN folk at the London Open Data Meetup next Monday night, the 30th of January, at 7pm. There are also some really interesting looking talks. Come and say hi.
- The International Aid Transparency Initiative is a registry of aid data powered by CKAN. It’s just got some exciting new features: new search filters, more information on the dataset listings, and Atom feeds which you can use to keep in touch with changes on the site. You can follow changes on the whole registry or for a specific publisher or country (or in fact any search results).
- The Estonian government is using CKAN to build an open data portal to be released this month. Ira is off to Tallinn later in the month to present at an open data workshop organised to mark the launch.
- We’ve started to design how fixed taxonomies could work in CKAN, taking some ideas from Drupal and beyond. At present, datasets in CKAN can be simply tagged with free-form tags. This is flexible and useful, but fixed taxonomies are also valuable. We’re keen to use it to have a central list of countries, and some sites want to use the Eurovoc subject categories. No doubt plenty more vocabularies will be useful – let us know!
- it.ckan.net has been given an upgrade, after Italian data wrangler Stefano Costa wanted to evaluate CKAN’s first batch of geo-spatial features. See them in action here. Next steps are to enable input and search using the map directly.
- There are big changes under way to group pages, which will become more like home pages for the group, with the ability to search within the group and even its own web sub-domain (like http://mygroup.thedatahub.org). CKAN user Richard Cyganiak made lots of great suggestions; more info at the task management ticket here.
- There will be an open Skype meeting on “Linked Data + CKAN” on 2nd February, at 5pm UTC. For more info or to attend, see the etherpad here.
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