[ckan4rdm] using CKAN as research data repository

Ben Scott ben at benscott.co.uk
Thu Jan 15 16:23:01 UTC 2015

Hi Maria -

We’re using CKAN as a repository for our research and collections data here at the Natural History Museum, London -http://data.nhm.ac.uk/.

1) Embargoing datasets - this is on our roadmap and a high priority so we should be writing an extension for this soon.

2) Batch upload - we’ve built data import pipelines using Spotify’s Luigi framework (https://github.com/spotify/luigi) and the CKAN api. It’s very specialised for our collections database though, and not implemented as an extension - but it might be useful (https://github.com/NaturalHistoryMuseum/ke2mongo).

3) We’ve written an extension for assigning DataCite DOIs - https://github.com/NaturalHistoryMuseum/ckanext-doi (You will need a contract with DataCite / their national representative to be able to mint DOIs).


Data Portal Lead Architect
Biodiversity Informatics,
Natural History Museum,
+44 (0) 207 942 4277

On 15 Jan 2015, at 13:57, Marta Hoffman-Sommer <m.hoffman-sommer at icm.edu.pl> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> We're planning an open research data repository which will serve the whole scientific community in Poland and we're seriously considering to use CKAN for this purpose. I was wondering if some of you have already implemented CKAN as a stand-alone repository (not part of a data management system)? Is anybody aware of CKAN extensions that would enable (1) embargoing dataset release, (2) batch upload and edition of multiple files, or (3) DOI assignment and display? We have been unsuccessfully searching for these on the web.
> Best,
> Marta
> -- 
> Marta Hoffman-Sommer
> Open Science Platform
> ICM University of Warsaw
> http://pon.edu.pl
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