[ckan-discuss] Suggested Researchers Took: can it work on CKAN?

Zach Beauvais z.beauvais at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 20:30:49 BST 2012

Please forgive me if this is out of the blue, or cross-purposes with the list.

My wife is a veterinary epidemiologist, and suggested I ask my data-head friends about a tool she would like to be able to use. What she suggested—a tool for annotation and sharing data—sounded immediately to me like it could work on top of CKAN.  

I've created a google doc for it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rvF4cIuvx2QpO8uUoqTCKG48h2ncYnp3k4OdX9_V69w/edit

The gist being:  

So, the Research Data Scrapbook would allow researchers to keep records of fully-searchable and shareable raw data, and to annotate the actual data with labels such as the source of the information. These labels would enable additional, ad-hoc fields of data, and become part of the metadata being stored.

So, my initial thoughts are that this could be something related to existing projects (though which, I can't think of…), and it could be a proposal for a hackday's work.

I am thinking of helping to run a vet/public-health hackday at or near the RVC in London to help my wife's epidemiological friends, and introduce them to the world of open, interesting developers.

So: any ideas?


Zach Beauvais | @zbeauvais (http://twitter.com/zbeauvais)
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