Tag: Open Data


Introduction To CKAN – Open Data Portal Platform

Please note that below blogpost is based on my personal experience while developing data.gov.lk which is the Sri Lanka’s Open Data Portal.

CKAN. In their words “the world’s leading open-source data portal platform”. Since you know about open data and how to use it let’s get right into CKAN. Oh oh! You don’t know about open data. Don’t worry! I got you covered. Read this blog post and you will get to know every thing you need to know about open data. Yeah trust me! Everything.

What’s CKAN?

As they say,

CKAN is a powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.

Basically it’s a open source tool which allows you to manage your open data. It’s written in Python & uses Postgres as the database. If you are a MySQL fanboy and don’t know about Postgres don’t forget to read this blog post. It will give you a good idea about Postgres. Will divine into to CKAN’s features, so that you will know how powerful and feature-rich CKAN is. Brace yourself, here we go.

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What’s Open Data? Why Open Data?

Hello there everyone! What’s open data, Why open data? What’s CKAN? Today we are gonna go through all that. Yeah ALL that. You know open data is one of the most used buzzword in 2013 and I hope it will remain as it’s in 2014 too. Okay enough pep talk. Let’s divine into it. I know I know your 1st question will be

What’s open data?


“Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.” –  wikipedia

So It’s nothing big. It is what it’s name implies. Data that anyone can use. Data that anyone modify and republish. Best part it is you can do anything you want with the data without any restrictions. Yeah anything. You know what? I went through the open data hand book as well. Guess what I found.

“Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.”  – opendatahandbook

There you have it. Another definition but don’t those words say the same thing? Yeah It’s the same. Free data, Free world, Use it however you want. (happy-face). Okay shall we move on the WHY part now please?

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