[okfn-labs] Ideas for data mashups and improved visualisation for CKAN

Julius Chrobak julius at mingle.io
Wed Jul 24 12:11:04 UTC 2013

Hi Gavin,

are you looking to improve the front-end side only, or are you considering changing the back-end as well? 

I'm asking, because we are working a on open source tool, called comp (https://github.com/ostap/comp), for querying information from files. The main goal is to provide unified interface to variety of data representations found in public datasets. It can be used to query tabular or hierarchical data structures using a single concept - list comprehensions. It accepts queries through HTTP and returns the data in JSON format.

The tool is used to power our own query service for open data available on https://mingle.io.

Julius Chrobak
co-founder of mingle.io - Query API for Open Data
t.: +41 44 830 00 33

On Jul 24, 2013, at 12:38 PM, Gavin Chait wrote:

> Hi all,
> We would like to massively improve the data explorer and visualisation
> functionality on CKAN and are looking at open-source libraries and toolkits
> we may be able to use.
> Our brief is as follows:  
> Search and select data from CKAN, overlay datasets the data to create
> mashups, and present these in an engaging and easy-to-use embeddable visual
> format.  Data would also include geospatial. Data could include transport,
> air quality, energy usage / resource efficiency, and licensing of premises /
> planning. 
> There have been some cool new initiatives from infogr.am, Dataseed and
> Datawrapper.de. There are also some great geospatial visualisation
> libraries, like Kartograph.
> Our interest is in open source solutions to look at:
> 1. Managing diverse data alignment for the mashup;
> 2. Outputting that data to an embeddable visualisation.
> We can build on Recline and improve it, or we can work with another existing
> library that offers us greater flexibility.  We don't want to start from
> scratch, though.
> We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions as we look to the next
> generation of CKAN data explorer.
> Thanks and appreciated
> Gavin
> Gavin Chait
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