[ckan-discuss] 262 New Zealand, 70 Australian datasets happily in CKAN

David Read david.read at okfn.org
Tue Jun 15 11:00:56 BST 2010


Great work! The 250 datasets added now dominate the tag cloud with the
words 'New Zealand' (ckan.net home page)!

See the full stats here: http://ckan.net/stats


On 14 June 2010 10:36, Tim McNamara <paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz> wrote:
> On 14 June 2010 20:17, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
>> On 13 June 2010 03:46, Tim McNamara <paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz> wrote:
>> > Hi all,
>> >
>> > Just a heads up that every dataset from http://data.australia.gov.au &
>> > http://data.govt.nz is now also found at CKAN
>> Amazing work Tim. BTW, if you'd be happy to, we'd love to store a copy
>> of your scripts in our ckanext repo under, say, "nz" and "australia":
>> <http://knowledgeforge.net/ckan//ckanext>
> Ta.
> I did notice the two that in there when I checked out the ckan client. Which
> was after I had implemented my own client via httplib2 :/
> I have some tiding up to do of the code, including full reST docstrings etc.
> In fact, I would like to see if I can change the two scripts to become
> config files. Hopefully, in a similar manner to a unittest runner, a central
> module will simply follow the instructions in each of the config files it
> finds and send info to CKAN/file/whereever. If I don't make any significant
> process, I'll just send the two scripts through.
>> (If you happen to be using python mercurial easiest way may be to fork
>> from our mirror on bitbucket: <http://bitbucket.org/okfn/ckanext>, add
>> changes and then we'll pull)
> I tend to use Bazaar/Launchpad for most of my work. I quite enjoy using hg
> too though. This wont be a problem.
>> > Generate format-xls/format-pdf/etc tags depending on the file types.
>> Even better you could add this format info (if you haven't already) to
>> the resources (they now have a format attribute) and we're sort of
>> deprecating use of tags for specifying formats in favour of these
>> dedicated fields.
> Yes, I'm sending this through. At the moment, I'm just extracting the text
> that's on the host's website. So, NZ data is often classified as format:
> "Spreadsheet".[1] I am tempted to do an HTTP HEAD request for each of the
> resources & investigate the Content-Type header.
> Re tags, noted.
>> > Licencing information is not yet being sent to CKAN in the format it
>> > wants.
>> > I have included the original text, but getting a machine to guess what
>> > the
>> > licence is and then match it to the id codes of licences that are
>> > already
>> > accepted seems like a task for when I need to procrastinate. Basically,
>> > the
>> > full licence details appear in the details section down the bottom of
>> > each
>> > page, but not in the info box on the top right.
>> The question of how we deal with licenses effectively going forward is
>> an interesting one. Several people have already suggested a dedicated
>> free text field for license info in addition to the enumeration.
>> Personally, I feel if it is free text you may as well put that info in
>> the notes ...
> By free text, I mean "Creative Commons - Attribution 2.5 Australia
> (CC-BY)"[2].
> One problem is that there are so many CC licences, given that each country
> has its own version. Perhaps the global CKAN instance could have
> CC-BY-Country and CC-BY-Unported. That would imply that people using the
> data would need to refer to the specific local licence, or take the global
> one.
>> > None of the files have hashes. I am reluctant to add my own hashes to
>> > the
>> > downloaded files, because I can't ensure their authenticity as a third
>> > party.
>> Very reasonable, though at this point I think it will be need to be
>> 3rd parties who add them -- or even a bot we use to go through
>> nightly. (Perhaps we then add a suitable notice no the site). One
>> reason this is useful is not just doing authenticity but being to tell
>> when files have been updated (but name kept the same).
>> Rufus
> Cheers Rufus, thanks for the response.
> [1] Example: http://www.ckan.net/package/immigration-new-zealand-statistics
> [2] http://www.ckan.net/package/australia-nsw-crime-data
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