CKANCon 2016


CKANCon 2016 is happening as part of the International Open Data Conference next October in Madrid, Spain.

This free one day conference is for CKAN developers, Open Government policy makers, and those new to the open source world. Learn more about CKAN, including recent changes, useful extensions, and hear directly from implementers about how CKAN is being used in their organization.

Those interested in either growing their use of CKAN, or looking to start using CKAN should not miss this event.

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CEST)

Where: Centro de Convenciones IFEMA Norte – Av. Partenón, 5, 28042, Room F, Madrid, Spain – View Map


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8:30 a.m.          Registration

9:00 a.m.         CKAN Overview & Case Studies

10:15 a.m.          Coffee Break

  • 10.30 a.m. How to build impressive dashboards and user-defined visualizations (slides)

    Nikolas Becker, Viderum

  • 10:45 a.m. Performance Management with CKAN (slides)

    Joel Natividad, OpenGov

  • 11:00 a.m. Open Data Web” – A Linked Open Data Repository Built with CKAN (slides)

    Cheng-Jen Lee, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

  • 11:15 a.m. CKAN Go! How to discover, catch and evolve your data (slides)

    Steven De Costa, CKAN Association, Link Digital

  • 11:30 a.m. CKAN for Research Data Management at Eawag: A report from the trenches (slides)

    Harald von Waldow, Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

 11:45 a.m. Lightning Talks

  • 11:45 a.m. Structured Data Collection with ckanext-recombinant (Introduction) (slides)

    Ian Ward, Statistics Canada

  • 11:50 a.m. Automatic data publication in CKAN using Kettle (Introduction) (slides)

    Juan Carlos Egido Mayordomo, Everis

  • 11:55 a.m. EnviDat: Environmental Data Portal (slides)

    Lucía Espona Pernas Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)

  • 12:00 p.m. Translating URI of datasets in a multilingual open data portal (slides)

    David Portolés, Idearium Consultores

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Technical Deepdive

  • Technical Showcases
  • CKAN Migration to Flask: status, roadmap and how it affects extensions + Q&A (slides)

    Adrià Mercader, Open Knowledge International

  • Current status, Roadmap and Challenges
  • Contributing to CKAN

1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Government

  • Demonstrations
    • Government of Canada –

      Ashley Casovan

      • Use of Data Store for the centralization and standardization of financial and human resources reporting
      • Integration of open source mapping visualization tool
      • Use of multi-schema for single search of data and information
    • How we combined CKAN with WordPress for (slides)

      Stefan Oderbolz, Liip

    • Government of the United States –
      • Harvesting of open data
      • Arising challenges
  • Open Data Quality and Standards (flyer)

    Katherine Garcia, Centre for Open Data Enterprise

  • Discussion based on feature and data quality presentation


3:45 p.m.         Closing Remarks

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.          Public Steering Group Meeting

From 7:30 p.m.          Social Event

Medialab Prado, Calle de la Alameda 15, 28014 Madrid




Nikolas Becker

Viderum, Product Manager

Nikolas works as a Product Manager at Viderum, the open data solutions provider spun out from Open Knowledge International. He supports the further development of CKAN by liaising closely with CKAN users around the world and working closely with the CKAN tech team on the roadmap.

Nikolas is also responsible for advancing Viderum’s cloud-based SaaS platform in alignment with customer input and requirements.


Ashley Casovan

CKAN Association Steering Group

Ashley Casovan is the lead for Canada’s Open Government Portal. In this position, she is responsible for working with departments and agencies all across the GC to disseminate data and information. Prior to working for the GC, she lead the Open Data and Open Government efforts at the City of Edmonton where she developed the award-winning data analytics tools, the Citizen Dashboard. Before getting involved in Open Government activities, Ashley worked in the Canada and United States on political and community organization. She is passionate about the continued transparency and accountability of government.


Steven De Costa

Link Digital, Executive Director

Steven is the Communications and Community Team Lead for the CKAN Association, Board member of Open Knowledge Australia and the Executive Director of Link Digital; a data-first digital agency that provides specialised development, support, hosting and integration services for CKAN, Amazon Web Services and a variety of open source web applications.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University and evangelises the adoption of open data initiatives within the public sector for the creation of public goods which support private-public partnerships and the effective establishment of open Government-as- a-Service.


Richard Gevers

Open Data Durban, Founder

Richard is the founder of Open Data Durban, a civic tech lab with a focus on the development of open data for application to urban challenges within the city of Durban, South Africa. He is also the CEO and co-founder of GMA Innovations, a data science startup with a focus on building data products and tools that aid socio-economic development and planning.

Open Data Durban is a non-profit civic technology lab that promotes open data in the city. We implement and advocate for open data, open government and civic technology through our projects, events, workshops and dataquests, working with civic technology partners such as Code for South Africa, Code for Africa, and local partners and stakeholders such as the eThekwini Municipality.

Prior to this Richard worked as an economist, based in Durban, South Africa, for eight years where he interacted with both private clients and all three tiers of South African government (municipal, provincial, and national) on a diverse range of projects implementing urban planning, socio-economic impact analysis, feasibility, financial and business modelling, and optimisation studies. These projects spanned the sectors of renewable energy, waste management, water, transport, agri-processing, economic development and policy, education technology, social development and health, and tourism.

He is an entrepreneur with a dedication to the advancement of African communities through dynamic solutions and tools, hoping to empower socio-economic development and to affect social change. He has a deep interest in openness and transparency in civic society. In his spare time he brews beer, appreciates good coffee and listens to vinyl.


Juan C E Mayordomo

Everis, Project Leader

Juan has been working in the Information Technology industry for almost 15 years. During the first half of his career he held the position of system administrator and worked on design, deployment and management of infrastructures (mostly regarding Microsoft and Linux technologies).

After this stage, he focused on leading, as a project manager in everis, several kinds of projects in Public Sector, some of them at an international level. In particular, during the last 4 years he has been involved in several Open Data projects, promoting the use of CKAN in several local and regional administrations.

By way of example, his team released just a few months ago the Open Data portal of the Valencian regional government, in which several mechanisms regarding data importation and transformation have been developed in order to speed up the publication of new datasets and improve the maintenance of the existing ones.


Lucía Espona Pernas

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Software Engine

Lucía is a Computer Science Engineer currently developing a environmental data portal based in CKAN.

She has done a PhD on Medical Image Analysis and worked in the Molecular Systems Biology Institute in the ETH Zürich doing support and research for proteomics data.


Cheng-Jen Lee

Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Cheng-Jen Lee is a research assistant at Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He is experienced in data analysis, GIS programming, information system design, and database management.

He has contributed to ckan, ckanext-spatial, and ckanext geoview in 2014. He is also the developer of Taijiang Research Data Repository (, a research data repository for the humanities and areas studies in Taijiang Inland Sea Area, Taiwan.


Adrià Mercader

Open Knowledge International, CKAN Community Advocate

Adrià is a software developer with many years of experience in the Open Source and Open Data world. He has been involved in the deployment of many Open Data initiatives and communities around the world.

He is an active member of the CKAN tech team and helps maintain some of its most popular


Sebastian Moleski

CKAN Association Steering Group, Viderum

Sebastian is a member of the CKAN Steering Group, a governance body which is made up of key stakeholders who have committed to oversee and steer the CKAN Association going forward.  As the CEO of Viderum, an open-data solutions provider spun out from Open Knowledge International, Sebastian leads its commercial efforts toward opening data via CKAN to empower and improve the lives of citizens around the world. He has been a fervent advocate of open source and open content for over a decade.


Joel Natividad

CKAN Association Steering Group, OpenGov, Director of Open Data

Joel Natividad is the Director of Open Data at OpenGov. He started his open data journey around 2007 by via a circuitous route – starting with the Semantic MediaWiki project, which was about linking data pragmatically in Wikis, successfully deploying SMW at several Fortune 500 organizations.

In 2010, he convinced his boss to compete at the 2 nd NYCBigApps Open Data Challenge and won the “Large Organization” Award. When the “large organization” he was part of didn’t get any meaningful commercial engagement from the City, his boss did not greenlight a reprise at the 3rd NYCBigApps Challenge. He decided to do so anyway, and quit his job, working out of the basement of his co-founder – Sami Baig, for the next six months.

That gamble paid off. Sami and Joel won the Grand Prize, and started Ontodia in 2011, and discovered CKAN the following year.

They’ve since built up expertise over the years, and helped several organizations deploy CKAN.

Their company was acquired by OpenGov Spring of 2016, and they are now packaging CKAN to help more Governments follow the “Open Knowledge” way – Open Data that is useful, usable and used, using Open Source.


Stefan Oderbolz


Stefan Oderbolz is a passionate software engineer and open data enthusiast. He works for the web agency Liip, which is a leading provider of open data solutions in Switzerland. Stefan had the technical lead for several open data portals and related projects including and

As an active member of the CKAN community on the mailing list and as a regular contributor to both the core and several CKAN extensions, he has 4 years of experience with the project.


David Portolés

Idearium Consultores, Manager

Software developer with experience in the development of IT projects since 2002. He has an extensive background in GIS field and he has also led the development of several open data portals based on CKAN.

He is passionate about linked data research andis founder of Idearium Consult


Harald von Waldow

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Research Data Manager

Harald von Waldow received a Master in Environmental Studies in Geography from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from ETH Zurich for studies in Environmental Chemical Modelling.

As a researcher he specialized in the modelling and the statistical analysis of environmental processes and contributed to various fields such as soil science, hydrology and climate science.

He also worked as a scientific programmer, system administrator and data manager to support the modelling and data handling needs of climate research groups in Bern and Zurich.

In his current position he is implementing the technical, organizational and social prerequisites for a centralized research data repository at Eawag.


Ian Ward

Statistics Canada

Ian is the Technical Lead of the CKAN project and has more than 10 years of Python and Open Source Software development experience. In addition to core CKAN development, he has built a number of widely used ckan libraries including ckanapi, ckanext-scheming and ckanext-fluent.


Heinrich Widmann

Deutsche Klima Rechenzentrum (DKRZ)

Heinrich Widmann is a scientific programmer with extensive experience and management skills and works for the hi-tech computing and data center DKRZ in Germany. Following his diploma in physics from Technical University in Berlin he worked within compute intensive research projects and afterwards in software industry. In 2003 he came to Hamburg where he worked in different positions as a scientific programmer at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology and the German Climate Computing center (DKRZ).

He has more than 10 years experience in computing and data management in the environment of earth system modelling and data research data management. Since coming to DKRZ and working within EUDAT, a European-wide and interdisciplinary data infrastructure project, he is one of the main developers of the accomplished metadata repository and portal service ‘B2FIND’. Furthermore his experience and skills helps to integrate and implement technologies and utilities for general usage for the DKRZ beyond the project’s framework.