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Re: List of public datasets on CKAN?

From: Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray@okfn.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:59:43 +0200
Message-ID: <54ca21750910140859q570f45c1ld981f27e43c7502d@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock@okfn.org>, Leigh Dodds <leigh.dodds@talis.com>
Hi all,

I wrote to the list about adding public LOD/semantic web datasets to
CKAN back in June [1]. We are now picking this up again in preparation
for our 'open data and the semantic web' workshop in London next
month, kindly sponsored by Talis:


We have started adding material to a new 'Semantic Web' group on CKAN:


We hope over time this will become a one stop shop for open data for
the semantic web and we are planning on integrating the existing LOD
lists. All CKAN's data and code is fully open [2], and we are working
on converting the metadata to RDF.

I was wondering if there is anyone on this list who would be
interested in becoming an admin/curator of the LOD group? Also we'd
love to hear if anyone knows of other lists of relevant open data
(apart from the two existing lists below) - or of any open datasets
that that we should add!

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-lod/2009Jun/0286.html
[2] http://ckan.net/license

Warn regards,

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 1:00 AM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray@okfn.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I understand the main lists of public datasets for the LOD project are at:
>    http://esw.w3.org/topic/TaskForces/CommunityProjects/LinkingOpenData/DataSets
>    http://esw.w3.org/topic/DataSetRDFDumps
> Many of these datasets are on CKAN (http://www.ckan.net), which is an
> open source registry of open datasets and other knowledge resources.
> For example, see the package pages for Freebase
> (http://www.ckan.net/package/read/freebase) or DMOZ
> (http://www.ckan.net/package/read/dmoz). You can also see other
> collections of data, such as 'eutransparency'
> (http://ckan.net/tag/read/eutransparency) or 'science'
> (http://ckan.net/tag/read/science).
> I'm writing to ask whether the LOD community think it would be useful
> to add more of the LOD datasets to CKAN? LOD datsets could have a
> 'linkedopendata' or 'lod' tag. Advantages of doing this might include:
>    * Ability to tag resources by subject matter, and to include tags
> on access, format, ...
>    * We could provide CKAN data as RDF (as well as current JSON)
>    * We're working on something like 'apt-get' for the knowledge
> packages, so (multiple) datasets can be automatically grabbed...
>    * More flexibility than HTML table?
> Also I'd be really interested to hear what kinds of things might be
> most useful for the LOD community! E.g. would it be useful to be able
> to generate a dump based on a particular tag? Or to have provision for
> domain specific metadata (e.g. geodata bounding box, ...). CKAN exists
> to make life easier for people working with open data!
> What do people think?
> --
> Jonathan Gray
> Community Coordinator
> The Open Knowledge Foundation
> http://www.okfn.org

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation
Received on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:00:18 UTC

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