[@OKFNau] Central ckan or other repository for Aus data?
keithamoss at gmail.com
Sun Dec 28 08:23:15 UTC 2014
I've had a stab at pulling this talk of themed data portals based on
GovPond into a half arsed specification:
Edits and comments very welcome!
On Fri Dec 12 2014 at 8:07:56 AM Steve Bennett <stevage at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think a combination of curation and some automatic search/filtering is
> the way to go here.
> For example, on the "bicycle" theme, let's talk specifically about bicycle
> volume data. There are a few sources of this:
> - Bicycle Victoria does an annual survey at a few hundred locations.
> - VicRoads has automatic sensors in various locations
> - Some councils probably have some of their own sensors on roads, and
> there are definitely sensors on some tourism-related bike paths like rail
> - Strava is an incredible resource of user-contributed data, with its own
> biases etc. It's not open data but is relevant.
> - Stats from the Melbourne Bike Share scheme are "bike volume data" in a
> weaker sense.
> - There are probably commuter surveys from councils, asking how people get
> to work
> - VicHealth would have its own surveys asking people how often they ride
> to work
> - And for that matter, Bike Vic has "ride to work" day data, separate from
> its annual bike count.
> - And there are probably various datasets generated by researchers
> surveying people or using their
> Imagine the list I've just written, but with links to datasets, and with a
> few flags like "2013" and "CSV". I think this would be an awesome resource
> for anyone interested in this kind of data. It's hard to see how you could
> get to something this well organised purely through searching, tags etc,
> unless someone is stepping in to add the right tags, tweak dataset
> descriptions etc.
> The closest thing I can think of as a model would be the Australian
> Parliamentary Library
> For example:
> Or...actually maybe more like Wikimedia Commons:
> There, each page is a curated selection of highlights from a bigger
> category, with links to subcategories (eg,
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Urban_cycling - whoa, NSFW if
> you scroll down) - hence a combination of curated and non-curated content.
> The implementation in GovPond could be as simple as:
> - a page ("bicycle") with some static HTML/markdown/wikitext for the
> curated content
> - then, results of a hand-crafted query (perhaps more sophisticated than
> just the word "bicycle")
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM, Alex (Maxious) Sadleir <maxious at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> +1 for bolting search based curation on to GovPond. Is it on Github? ;)
>> I downloaded the GovPond JSON and it looks like what you need to store
>> metadata in a common way; CKAN scented JSON but references back to
>> original portals as first class elements.
>> There's these data sources like OSM/Strava outside of the government
>> open data portals that you would want to highlight in the context of a
>> particular theme that would need to be "tipped in" for that theme.
>> I would note with the data.gov.au Metadata Mapping
>> https://data.gov.au/dataset/data-gov-au-metadata-and-other-schemas and
>> other common metadata standards around, there's plenty of tagging of
>> temporal/spatial coverage in various .au data portals (so 19th Century
>> theme or Sydney theme possible)
>> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM, Keith Moss <keithamoss at gmail.com>
>> > Thanks for the tip, Catherine. I do rather like the approach ANDS has
>> > with also having sub-categories (Featured, National, International)
>> > each theme.
>> > As as a matter of interest - what platform is Research Data Australia
>> > running on?
>> > @Steve
>> > Your idea around tying it into GovPond got me thinking. Maybe the "smart
>> > search rules" part could just be using the existing tags applied to
>> data to
>> > semi-automatically generate themes like bicycle.govpond.org?
>> > So throw in a step at the start...
>> > 0. Some manual work on our end saying that tag1, tag2, ..., tagN are all
>> > part of a given theme.
>> > :)
>> > On Thu Dec 11 2014 at 8:19:26 AM Catherine Brady
>> > <catherine.brady at ands.org.au> wrote:
>> >> Steve, Keith,
>> >> The Research Data Australia portal has implemented theme-based
>> >> precisely for that reason - to bring together similar subject-based
>> >> resources across the many, and diverse, metadata/data providers who
>> >> contribute to Research Data Australia. We have started with nine
>> themes, but
>> >> plan to expand our offerings over time. See:
>> >> https://researchdata.ands.org.au/themes.
>> >> Catherine
>> >> Catherine Brady
>> >> Collection Development Librarian
>> >> Australian National Data Service
>> >> ph: +61 2 6125 0578
>> >> em: catherine.brady at ands.org.au
>> >> web: http://ands.org.au
>> >> On 7 December 2014 at 01:37, Keith Moss <keithamoss at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >>> I love the idea of themed data portals, Steve.
>> >>> For your third point: Does the federation functionality in CKAN permit
>> >>> anything like this? And if not, can we build it in? (Perhaps an Alex
>> >>> question...)
>> >>> It would be nice to tie it all in with the data publishing processes
>> >>> government are using for their official portals without the need to
>> >>> data around the place.
>> >>> Cheers,
>> >>> Keith
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