[ckan-discuss] Datahub upgrade coming soon

Mark Wainwright mark.wainwright at okfn.org
Thu Jun 27 19:04:55 BST 2013

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:


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

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

Business development and user engagement manager
The Open Knowledge Foundation
Empowering through Open Knowledge
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