[ckan-discuss] CKAN and INSPIRE

John Bywater john.bywater at appropriatesoftware.net
Tue Dec 7 22:08:00 GMT 2010

Hi Stefano,

Adding to my last email...

Stefano Costa wrote:
> Friedrich, John, it all sounds very good! Looking at the low-hanging
> fruits:
>> My understanding of this is that we can: 
>> a) Store the general metadata required by INSPIRE as interprested by
>> the UK location programme.
> By means of extra key-value pairs? 

The collected document is saved (primarily so that it can be passed 
unchanged to the EU from data.gov.uk).

The elements of the collected document are determined and used to write 
a CKAN package.

The "extras" key-value pairs are the GEMINI 2 document elements. The 
element values are JSON, allowing the structure of the complex elements 
(such as Responsible Organisation) to be carried over.

Possibly with an extended form as
> defined in ckanext.geo? Also, I noticed
> http://bitbucket.org/okfn/ckanext-geo which is empty.

I'm not sure why this repository exists.

>> b) Harvest the data from CSW sources 
> Is this something that needs to be done server-side? Do we have any
> documentation on how to perform harvesting as a one-time operation or on
> a regular basis (e.g. pulling updates)?

The harvesting sub-domain model is part of the CKAN server at the 
moment. We could separate it out.

> Thanks and sorry for the pressure!

Let's try to discuss this tomorrow on Skype?

Best wishes,


> Ciao
> steko

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