Case studies

Data.Gov.UK is the UK Government’s official open data portal. The site provides a central “way into the wealth of government data” and aims to make that data “easy to find; easy to license; and easy to re-use.” Data.Gov.UK was launched in closed Beta at the start of October 2009 and entered public beta in January 2010.

Data.Gov.UK has been built on a combination of CKAN and Drupal, the open-source CMS. The Open Knowledge Foundation’s CKAN team have been involved in the development of Data.Gov.UK from its inception. The team helped developed the prototype for the closed beta launch and have been involved in developing and maintaining the project, especially the CKAN aspect, since that point.

Read more » is a research prototype of a pan-European data catalogue and federation mechanism, developed as part of the FP7-funded LOD2 project. Running on CKAN, the site is developed as a use case and an early adopter of the LOD2 linked data stack technologies. After the LOD2 project’s launch in September 2010, a first version of the site was released in June 2011.

The portal’s backend uses CKANs harvesting framework to retrieve, normalize and convert dataset metadata from 25 catalogues across Europe, including national and regional as well as official and community-driven efforts.

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Helsinki Region Infoshare online service

The Helsinki Region Infoshare project aims to make regional information quickly and easily accessible to all. It is powered by CKAN and WordPress, using CKAN for the core functionality and data catalog and WordPress for the CMS (e.g. News blog).

The site provides data, that is ready to be used freely at no cost, for citizens, businesses, universities, academies, research facilities or municipal administration. The data on offer is ready to be used freely at no cost. The data published during the project is mainly statistical, giving a comprehensive and diverse outlook on different urban phenomena, such as living conditions, economics and well-being, employment and transport.

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