[ckan-discuss] Data.gov.uk Catalogue APIs Launch

Augusto Herrmann augusto.herrmann at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 17:49:32 BST 2010

Hi, James!

Welcome to the CKAN list.

Congratulations for the work on the data.gov.uk catalogue and also for
the great posting tutorial on the CKAN API!

Since you mention javascript plotting libraries (jqPlot, RaphaëlJS),
you might want to also try ProtoVis [1], which offers not only plots,
but also some cool alternative types of visualization, such as stream
graphs, bubble charts, force-directed layouts, sunbursts,
circle-packing, treemaps and various types of tools for geospatial
data on maps.

[1] http://vis.stanford.edu/protovis/

Best regards,
Augusto Herrmann

On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM, James Gardner <james at 3aims.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new set of APIs to navigate the
> the metadata on data.gov.uk. The APIs exposed are currently a subset of
> the APIs already provided by a normal CKAN install.
> I've written a blog post on the data.gov.uk site explaining how the APIs
> can be used for simple listing and search operations and I've given some
> examples in jQuery to demonstrate that the APIs can even be accessed
> directly from a web browser:
> http://data.gov.uk/blog/announcing-datagovuk-catalogue-apis
> The catalogue itself is at:
> http://catalogue.data.gov.uk/
> The example code is at:
> http://data.gov.uk/sites/default/files/dgu_example_code.zip
> I'd be happy to hear any feedback you have. One area of improvement for
> the future could be to directly serve certain parts of the datasets
> themselves to enable simple "mashups" to be build directly against the
> catalogue.data.gov.uk server, without the need for an application
> developer to manually download associated resources.
> Best wishes,
> James
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