[ckan-discuss] New name for ckan.net: call for proposals

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Dec 13 12:04:56 GMT 2010

A big thank-you to everyone who has contributed in this thread. I've
pulled people's thoughts together here:


For me the most interesting part of this was hearing what people
thought the purpose of CKAN is -- and should be. Below I've summarized
briefly where I think we stand. I think more ideas on the tagline
would be very welcome (and perhaps a doodle poll ...).



## The Purpose

Making it easy to get, use, share data (and content) in a *scalable* way.

Scalable (IMO) = decentralized, collaborative, componentized


* Catalogue - register and find (key metadata such as license and
download urls, rich features such as data previews, related packages,
* More than "metadata" - not just basic info like the license, but
collecting resources/scripts/docs related to the data
* Archiving and storage
* Community - share knowledge and knowhow about datasets (the
wiki-like features)
* Automation - support automation of many activities (notification,
archival, conversion)

## Name and Domain Name

Stick with current setup: Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network
(CKAN) and http://ckan.net/

  * Already established
  * Not that bad and some nice connotations to our core constitutency
  * Domain names (and names generally) do not matter too much -- you
can always establish a recognition of that name
  * No clear consensus for an alternative (and would change after
establishing purpose more clearly)

## Tagline

We don't yet have a consensus choice here. Here's are the main options
at the moment. More suggestions? Worth putting up a doodle poll?

"Get, use and share data"
"A data hub - a place to get, use and share [data]"
"The world's knowledge at your fingers"
"A place to find, reuse and share data"

Could replace data with information

On 20 November 2010 13:13, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
> Speaking with people about CKAN.net over the last year it has been
> clear that the name CKAN / Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network
> does a poor job describing what the site does (it's far too geeky and
> hard to spell!)
> We are therefore issuing a call for proposals for a new name / domain
> name for CKAN.net!
> Once we have a shortlist we'll put up a doodle poll and the community
> can vote on their preferred option.,
> ## CKAN Tagline
> Related to this, thought on a better 'tagline' describing the purpose
> of ckan.net is also needed (and any general thoughts on what people
> think the core purpose is that this tagline should capture).
> Suggestions please!
> ## CKAN Software Name - No Change
> NB: we do *not* plan to change the name of the underlying software
> which will remain CKAN.

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