CKAN Demo Days on Open Data Day: Let's Magnify "The CKAN Effect" Together!

In anticipation of Open Data Day 2024, we're gearing up for an exciting showcase: CKAN Demo Days. CKAN Demo Days is your chance to demonstrate the impact, innovation, and collaborative spirit that CKAN enables across diverse projects and initiatives. Let's amplify "The CKAN Effect"! Join us in celebrating the power of open data to create change.


In a Nutshell

Celebrate Open Data: This Open Data Day, from March 2-8, we're celebrating the transformative power of open data in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), following CKAN's recognition as a Digital Public Good.

πŸš€ We're kicking off #CKANDemoDays. The goal? We aim to collect a series of personal stories and experiences related to CKAN, showcasing the diverse ways it contributes to technical innovation and addresses global challenges. Whether you're a developer, project manager, or data enthusiast, your journey is integral to illustrating how CKAN tackles global challenges.

πŸ™Œ Invitation: Share your unique CKAN story! Create a video that delves into a project you've led, an aspect of CKAN that excites you, or a simple yet impactful insight, or anything else related to CKAN...

πŸŽ₯ Video Ideas:

  • Project Showcase: Highlight a project where CKAN was pivotal, detailing the impact and the journey.
  • CKAN Features: Share innovative ways you've utilized CKAN's features to solve problems or enhance projects.
  • Personal Insights: Offer a glimpse into your CKAN experience, sharing how it's influenced your work or perspective on open data.
  • Be Creative: We urge you to think creatively about how you can contribute. You can share anything - from in-depth tutorial to a brief, personal story that encapsulates your journey with CKAN or even a simple expression of your love and enthusiasm for CKAN.

🌟 What We'll Do For You Your video will be included in a special playlist, featured in our blog posts, and shared across our social media channels to reach a broader audience. See more below.


Let's start with some context...

The Essence of Open Data Day

Open Data Day (ODD) is a global celebration that champions the use of open data. On this day, groups across virtually every country come together to host local events, leveraging open data to benefit their communities. Spearheaded by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), the 2024 edition of ODD sees a collaborative effort with Jokkolabs Banjul (Gambia), Open Knowledge Germany, Open Knowledge Ghana, and Open Knowledge Nepal β€” all members of the Open Knowledge Network β€” all members of the Open Knowledge Network.

In an effort to embrace the diverse tapestry of global cultures, since 2023, the OKFN has allowed organizations to schedule their Open Data Day events at any point during the first week of March, from the 2nd to the 8th, ensuring maximum participation and impact. All contributions and outputs from these events are freely available, encouraging widespread use and re-use.

Following CKAN's endorsement as a digital public good, the thematic focus of this year's celebration is on utilizing Open Data to advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a testament to the power of open data in fostering global development and sustainability.

🌍 What is Open Data Day for Us at CKAN Project

Open Data Day is not just a day. It embodies a global commitment to transparency, collaboration, and community. It's a day that challenges us to rethink the essence of "open" β€” transforming it from a mere attribute of data to a philosophy for the world. This isn't about data for the sake of data. It’s about data as a lever for change, for driving us towards a more open world. It’s about open data’s power to transform, to make the invisible visible, and the impossible possible.

🌐 CKAN: A Catalyst for Change

In the heart of this movement is CKAN, recognized as a digital public good. As we step into 2024, our participation goes beyond mere involvement. We want to celebrate a shift. This shift, gaining momentum over the last decade and surging forward in recent years, is not just about acknowledging the potential of open data. It's about actively engaging with it.

It's easy to talk about world-changing goals such as the SDGs, those ambitious benchmarks set by the United Nations to forge a better world. But on Open Data Day, let's do more than talk. Let's act. Let's demonstrate, with every dataset shared and every project launched, how the granular can indeed make the grandiose not just possible but palpable.

πŸŽ‰ Let's Celebrate Open Data Day with CKAN Demo Days 2024

With the advent of Open Data Day 2024 from March 2 to 8, our CKAN Demo Days initiative is set to highlight the collective efforts of our community. This initiative, aligned with our global advocacy efforts alongside the OKFN, aims to deepen community engagement and share the diverse experiences within our ecosystem.

This week-long event marks a unique opportunity for the CKAN community to connect, share, and shine. Let this not be a week of passive observation but of dynamic action, as we collectively demonstrate the versatility and impact of open data in driving us toward a more sustainable, inclusive future.

πŸ“£ CKAN Demo Days: Share Your CKAN Story

Unveil Your Journey with CKAN

Join us by creating and sharing videos that highlight your achievements, insights, and experiences with CKAN and its supported data projects!

πŸŽ₯ We encourage you to share videos that not only showcase your technical achievements with CKAN but also your insights and the real-world applications of your data projects:

  • Technical achievements: Highlight the technical prowess and innovative solutions you've developed using CKAN.
  • Stories that go beyond the code: Share the personal challenges you've overcome and the significant impacts your projects have made. It's about the human stories intertwined with the data, the unseen efforts, and the collective achievements that have propelled your initiatives forward.

From technical breakthroughs to the human stories behind the data, this is your time to showcase how CKAN has influenced your work and community.

Creative Contributions Welcome

We urge you to think creatively about how you can contribute. Whether it's a project you've led, an aspect of CKAN that excites you, or a simple yet impactful insight, your voice adds depth to our understanding of open data's transformative potential.

  • Inspire and Be Inspired: Share a video that highlights something you admire, something you find neat. Share a moment, a project, or an insight that you're proud of. From detailed walkthroughs to brief anecdotes that capture your CKAN journey, every story enriches our collective tapestry.
  • All Voices Matter: Whether you're directly involved in a project or an inspired observer, your voice adds depth to our understanding of open data's transformative potential.

This initiative is grassroots in essence β€” aiming to capture a wide array of perspectives, not just the success stories visible on the frontend but also the rich, behind-the-scenes narratives that power CKAN.

Share your CKAN story with us! ❀️


🎯 Participate in CKAN Demo Days 2024: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Register Your Participation

  • Option A: Register your specific event for Open Data Day at
  • Option B: Add something to your existing Open Data Day activities to support the initiative. Tweak the idea, make it yours in whatever way you like.

Step 2: Share Your Story Through Video

  • Create a video that reflects your journey, challenges, and triumphs with CKAN.
  • Upload your video to your YouTube channel.

Step 3: Ensure Your Video is Featured

Step 4: Amplify Your Impact on Social Media

  • Share Your Video: Post your video on your social media platforms to increase visibility.
  • Tag and Hashtag: Tag us using @CKANProject on Twitter and @CKAN on LinkedIn. Don't forget to include the hashtag #CKANDemoDays. This ensures our team sees and reshares your content, further expanding your reach.

🌟 What We'll Do For You 🌟

Playlist Inclusion:

  • Your video will be featured in an exclusive playlist titled "CKAN Demo Days 2024" on the CKAN Association's official YouTube channel, dedicated to showcasing the CKAN project's vibrant community and innovative projects.

Amplified Sharing:

  • We will highlight your project across our blog and social media channels.
  • As co-stewards of CKAN, Datopian and Link Digital, will also share your work, significantly boosting its visibility.

πŸ€“πŸ“ To guarantee we'll see and reshare your content, you just need to tag us and include the hashtag #CKANDemoDays. Don't worry, our team will be on the lookout to reshare your content β€” just remember to tag us and include the hashtag!

See more details in our Quick Share Guide.

🌱 Resources for Download

To assist in your creations, some resources are available for download:


Remember, we're not just sharing data. We're sharing a dream. A dream of a world where data doesn't just exist behind locked doors but flows freely, seeding innovation, fueling development, and fostering sustainability across every corner of our planet.

Let's open up the future together.

Upcoming Events: πŸ’Œ CKAN in Australia

Steven De Costa, co-steward of CKAN, is mobilizing the community, especially those with any connection to CKAN in Australia, to create and share their videos. Offering his support, Steven aims to amass a collection of fresh videos to be showcased throughout the Open Data Day week. An online assembly will cap off the week, spotlighting the collective impact and relevance of CKAN to data portal initiatives and innovations in Australia. This gathering, scheduled for March 7 at 5:30 pm, promises to be a culmination of the community's efforts, featuring the best of the submissions.