TableDesigner: Meet the New Feature to Manage Data in CKAN

Join our CKAN Monthly Live webinar to explore TableDesigner for CKAN, a game-changing tool for data management. Discover how to create custom data schemas, utilize auto-generated Excel templates, and manage data more efficiently in CKAN.

    17 January 2024 - 15:00
CKAN Monthly Live - Video

As we step into 2024, we're excited to invite you to a highly anticipated meetup! It's an opportunity for those interested in data management innovations to gather and explore the latest advancements. Ian Ward & Patrick Little from the at Government of Canada will be showcasing TableDesigner, a game-changing tool for data management in CKAN. Discover how to create custom data schemas, utilize auto-generated Excel templates, and manage data more efficiently in CKAN!

🔥 About TableDesigner

TableDesigner is an innovative new feature for CKAN developed by Government of Canada, designed to enhance data management. It revolutionizes the traditional data dictionary into a dynamic schema creation tool, introduces user-friendly Excel forms for data input, and incorporates audit features for tracking data modifications. Focused on ease in editing, validation, and deletion, it offers extensive customizability to meet diverse data needs, marking a significant step in efficient and reliable data governance.

💎 Key Features of TableDesigner:

TableDesigner allows users to create custom, enforced data schemas, particularly useful for data that frequently needs updating. It supports interactive schema building, data loading through Excel templates, web forms, or API. Unique in its approach, Table Designer operates on the datastore extension with a PostgreSQL backend. It draws inspiration from existing data schema strategies and allows for more flexible, resource-level schema design.

This tool introduces a new method for CKAN resource creation, enhancing the data dictionary and adding functionalities for more precise data control and validation.

🎯 Why Should You Attend?

This webinar is essential for anyone involved in data management, offering insights into using TableDesigner effectively. Learn about:

  • How to leverage TableDesigner for efficient, dynamic data management
  • Strategies for creating and updating data schemas interactively
  • Techniques for using Excel templates, web forms, and APIs for data manipulation
  • Insights into TableDesigner's integration as a core extension in CKAN

💡 In his presentation, Ian and Patrick will cover:

  • Using TableDesigner to build a custom data schema
  • Inserting/updating/deleting data with a web form and Excel
  • Extending TableDesigner column types and constraints



  • Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • Time: 13:00 UTC
  • How long: 60 mins
  • Language: English


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Meetings agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions – 10 min
  2. Presentation from – 30 min
  3. Discussion / Q&A – 15 min
  4. Community announcements and sharing (if any) – 2 min
  5. Closing – 3 min

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