[ckan-discuss] Datahub upgrade coming soon
mark.wainwright at okfn.org
Tue Jul 2 10:50:29 BST 2013
You have a long memory! I don't blame myself for not remembering that
message, since Jonathan sent it two years before I joined OKF - but it
certainly shows that, as you say, multilingual metadata on the Datahub
has been wanted for a long time. Of course, at the time, there was
also no multilingual extension.
As for the 'technical issues', others will know more, but I believe
that the multilingual extension as currently implemented is a bit
fiddly in some ways, including that there is no UI for it. As I
understand, it requires one 'primary' language for a site (for the
Datahub I guess this would be English), and translations can only be
added via the API.
Do you think this would be useful on the Datahub? What do others
think? Perhaps someone will volunteer to implement a UI for it?
I agree that it would be good to incorporate the Brazilian community
CKAN into datahub.io. One possibility for now would be to just leave
the metadata in Portuguese. Other country-based groups used local
languages, which seems quite sensible while only one language is
On 01/07/2013, Augusto Herrmann <augusto.herrmann at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, Mark and all!
> Well, in regards to someone requesting multilingual fields before, I've
> found this message from Jonathan Gray  in 2010. I also remember having
> mentioned it myself at some point when we were discussing a CKAN wishlist
> in one of CKAN's discussion lists.
> Anyway, I think installing the multilingual extension on datahub.io would
> suffice. What are the technical issues you mentioned?
> What I'd like to do is to finally merge the datasets on br.ckan.net into
> datahub.io (and shut down the old site). I'd help with translating the
> metadata into english versions of the dataset descriptions. Most of the
> local CKAN sites have been merged with datahub.io by now. At the time most
> were merged, my only objection to doing it on the Brazilian instance was
> that we couldn't have multilingual metadata fields yet then. But now
> there's this extension which should solve that problem. I'd like to read
> the thoughts of the community on this idea.
>  http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-help/2010-January.txt
> Best regards,
> Augusto Herrmann
> On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM, Mark Wainwright
> <mark.wainwright at okfn.org>wrote:
>> Hi Augusto,
>> This isn't being done at the moment - in fact I don't think anyone's
>> suggested it before. I guess it would be possible using the
>> multilingual extension, though there may be some technical issues. If
>> this is something that would be useful to you I encourage you to start
>> a thread on ckan-discuss ...
>> On 27/06/2013, Augusto Herrmann <augusto.herrmann at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hi, Mark!
>> > Will the Datahub now support metadata in multiple languages for the
>> > same
>> > field?
>> > Cheers,
>> > Augusto
>> > On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM, Mark Wainwright
>> > <mark.wainwright at okfn.org>wrote:
>> >> Hi all,
>> >> We've been working on upgrading the Datahub (datahub.io) to CKAN 2.0.
>> >> The good news is that this upgrade will go ahead early next week. You
>> >> can see a preview of how it will look here:
>> >> http://datahub.staging.ckanhosted.com/
>> >> The new version introduces CKAN 2.0 functionality, such as the ability
>> >> to follow datasets and groups, activity streams, dashboards, improved
>> >> UI, and more.
>> >> For those who are new to it, the Datahub is a community-run portal - a
>> >> free public CKAN instance for cataloguing and publishing data. Its
>> >> 'groups' can be used to bring together collections of data in a
>> >> particular area or even for lightweight data publishing by small
>> >> organisations. As with a wiki, the ability of any user to edit
>> >> metadata (e.g. to fix broken links) helps keep it relevant and
>> >> up-to-date.
>> >> As a result of the upgrade, Datahub users should note the following:
>> >> 1. User creation, which was temporarily disabled recently because of a
>> >> spam attack, will be enabled again when the new site goes live.
>> >> 2. For a short period on Monday afternoon, there will be a freeze on
>> >> adding or editing content. Existing content should still be readable.
>> >> 3. All datasets will be editable by anyone who has a valid user
>> >> account. This is also the default at present, and in keeping with the
>> >> Datahub's wiki-like nature. CKAN 'Organizations', which enable
>> >> authorization control over datasets, will not be available on the
>> >> Datahub for the time being. Of course, the 'Group' feature will
>> >> continue to work as before, along with 2.0 enhancements such as group
>> >> activity streams and the ability to follow a group.
>> >> 4. Data can be added only as links: if you are publishing data, We've
>> >> had to remove the option of uploading data on the Datahub for the
>> >> present. (Data already uploaded will still be available.)
>> >> For help, or if you have any questions, please e-mail
>> >> datahub at okfn.org.
>> >> All the best,
>> >> Mark Wainwright
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