[open-economics] CKAN user experience re Open Economics
alex.hagon at gmail.com
Sun Jan 30 20:29:05 UTC 2011
I've some thoughts on the CKAN user interface experience re Open
Economic data in case of help from the perspective of a relative
newcomer. Apologies if I have misinterpreted any aspects of the system,
comments made in the spirit of hoping that it becomes more popular to
add economics datasets....
Guided: Having some form of leading through the process in plain terms
would be good if possible.
Less imposing: It would be great if it could all somehow be made a bit
less imposing at first glance and a bit more friendly. It is already
fairly friendly however, just in relative terms :-)
Minimise legals/ technicalities: The technical terms are a bit tricky to
understand unless you are well immersed in this. The legal descriptions
of what constitutes Open Data are also somewhat intimidating. Is there
perhaps a way to simplify this for the uninitiated?
Boldness welcome: It would be good for new users to know that they
cannot 'break' the system and contributions are highly welcome, whether
of a huge multi table package or a single data set. In other words it is
an evolving thing and perfection is not required.
Naming conventions: How to name things properly is fairly intimidating,
for those not rehearsed in semantic web principles for instance. Is
there a "right" way. Examples in situ might help.
Any comments and comebacks would be most welcome!
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