Managing open data with CKAN

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© Lead Image © GloriaSanchez,

Article from Issue 272/2023

CKAN, a versatile data management system, lets you build a portal to share your open data.

Open data would be of little use if it wasn't easy to automatically publish and update and subsequently find, download, and integrate with other open data, straight from the primary sources.

The Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) [1], a key component of the Open Knowledge Foundation's mission to promote open data [2], is a collection of tools for implementing open data hubs and portals. If you have a dataset that you'd like to make available as open data, CKAN gives you a head start on implementing the necessary infrastructure.

The CKAN tools help you manage and federate the data. It also comes with advanced geospacial features, search capabilities, metadata, and visualization options. Using CKAN tools and best practices, you can build a portal for your open data with the least possible effort.


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