[ckan-discuss] Setting up CKAN for Romania?

Liliana Bounegru liliana.bounegru at gmail.com
Sun Aug 22 12:57:29 BST 2010

Hi Rufus,

I'd say that setting up a Romanian version of CKAN would make the database
more relevant for the Romanian public (which is where my interest goes) and
would attract more contributors. I'm up for doing the translation, send me
the material once you have it. The next step after setting up the website
would be to inform relevant Romanian organizations working on freedom of
information, transparency, democracy, etc. about the database and have them
contribute datasets. I'd appreciate any advice on that.


On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 3:13 PM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>wrote:

> Hi Liliana,
> Thanks for writing and really good to hear from you. Some responses
> inlined below.
> On 28 July 2010 09:37, Liliana Bounegru <liliana.bounegru at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> [...]
> > I foresee some difficulties in setting this up also, starting from
> obtaining
> > the data (I don't expect Romanian authorities to respond to requests for
> > information as quickly as I saw that UK authorities do for documents
> posted
> > in the CKAN database), to media literacy, but I hope to get the support
> and
> > guidance necessary to get this project going from OKF.
> You can always start out scraping the data yourself or hand-entering
> it! Also CKAN instances do not just have to be for government data.
> > Why do I want to make this project happen in Romania? As you may have
> > guessed, I am a 25 year old Romanian trying to find a way to contribute
> to
> > seeing some social change in Romania. After my attempts to make things
> > happen from the inside failed, I am now project coordinator for the
> European
> > Journalism Centre (Maastricht/Brussels), where I am working on a project
> > which aims to train journalists to make use of free and open online
> datasets
> > for reporting - Jonathan Gray (OKF)  will be giving a talk about this in
> our
> > upcoming event (www.datadrivenjournalism.net). In fall I will be
> starting a
> Given your background and interested you may also be interested in
> another OKF project: <http://www.wheredoesmymoneygo.org/>
> > Research Master in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, with a
> > grant offered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
> > I hope to have your support on this and looking forward to get things
> > started!
> Sounds amazing Liliana. Two immediate options for what we can do:
> 1. You could start contributing datasets (Romanian or otherwise) to
> http://ckan.net
> 2. We could set up a dedicated ro.ckan.net instance.
> Which option would you prefer?
> In either case you would probably want to translate the site into
> romanian which we can help organize. Would you be up for doing this
> translation? (It does not involve much work)
> Rufus

Liliana Bounegru
14 C Nassaulaan, 6224 KB Maastricht
The Netherlands
Tel. : +31 644 641 858
Email : liliana.bounegru at gmail.com
Website: http://newmediaideas.wordpress.com/
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