[okfn-labs] Github webhooks and automating creating Data APIs for data packages in Github

sheila miguez shekay at pobox.com
Wed Mar 19 16:59:21 UTC 2014

This is an intriguing idea, so I answer yes to A!

For B. I believe that some of the people in the Open Science Framework
group have created a github webhook, at least in the case for their hosting
of the Open Science Collaboration blog, and perhaps that code is available

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>wrote:

> Hi All,
> I have a User Story as follows:
>  As a Data Wrangler (Rufus!) I want to push my tabular data package to
> github and have it automatically have a Data API for that data package
> created/updated so that I have a nice API I can use in my app (or JS
> visualization or ...)
> *Context*
> I'm currently really liking the work flow of pushing Data Packaged
> Datasets to Github (see growing set of "Core" datasets at
> https://github.com/datasets plus personal ones like hard drive prices<https://github.com/rgrp/hard-drive-prices>).
> However, it would be really nice to get a proper Data API. CKAN, and hence
> the DataHub <http://datahub.io/>, now has a nice DataStore with a rich
> Data API <http://docs.ckan.org/en/latest/maintaining/datastore.html> which
> we could use. There is even a nice standalone webapp for automatically
> pulling data into the DataStore - https://github.com/ckan/datapusher
> (Note: this would also address the Data API issue in the Frictionless
> Data roadmap <http://data.okfn.org/roadmap>)
> *Plan*
> Rather than create a new Data API webapp I thought the best thing would be
> create a small webapp that a github webhook can connect to. The app will
> take care of then pushing the updated data to the DataStore.
> *Question*
> *A. *Does this sound sensible
> *B. *Do folks have any thoughs and experience on build github webhook
> apps (especially in nodejs or python)
> All the best,
> Rufus
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