[okfn-labs] Question regarding data package distribution

Alvaro Graves alvaro at graves.cl
Tue Mar 31 18:22:37 UTC 2015

Hi Rodrigo,

I would suggest to only use Github. Github provides downloadable URLs to
.zip and .tar.gz versions of the repository anyways. My only issue with
that approach would be if there is a law against leaving national data in
servers located in a different country. I remember hearing some concerns
about it in other cases.

PS: Shameless self promotion link: Years ago I wrote a guide on how to
publish data on github, you can find it at
in Spanish and
in English. Hope it helps

Alvaro Graves-Fuenzalida, PhD
Web: http://graves.cl - Twitter: @alvarograves

On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 11:09 AM, Rodrigo Parra <rodpar07 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> First of all, as this is my first email to the list, let me introduce
> myself. My name is Rodrigo Parra, I am a developer working as a part of the
> Open Data initiative in Paraguay.
> As a part of my job, I am interested in publishing some government
> datasets in the tabular data package format. If I understand correctly, in
> its simplest form, this means a CSV file + a datapackage.json (JSON Table
> Schema) file.
> I want to be able to share datapackages with a single URL. My question is:
> is there a recommended/spec compliant way to do this? I was thinking about
> implementing one of the following:
>    - Single URL pointing to github repository.
>    - Single URL pointing to zipped file.
>    - Single URL pointing to a public directory containing both files.
> What would you suggest? Or is my question out of the scope of the spec?
> Any answer as well as any tip regarding data package implementation
> (already found JTSKit and I'm loving it) would be very appreciated.
> Best regards,
> Rodrigo Parra
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