As I’ve written about before, one of the main tasks the code fellows will be doing is setting up open data platforms. We’ve seen what can be achieved at the national level with data.gov and data.gov.uk which are both powered by CKAN. In Amsterdam, the code fellows were introduced to another platform, CitySDK.
CKAN and CitySDK offer different approaches and advantages for organisations opening their data. CitySDK mandates data follow a certain format. In contrast, CKAN functions as a portal. Data can be hosted anywhere, in any format, so it’s up to the data owners to look after it appropriately. Continue reading
Hello world, I’m Rory, one of the Code for Europe fellows working with NESTA and Clackmannanshire Council. As part of the ‘Open Data Scotland‘ programme we’re working to help local authorities take advantage of Open Data, and use it as a platform to build new digital services and enhance existing ones.
So what does that mean exactly?
When I refer to data, I mean raw values. Values becomes information when you visualise them or add context. When I refer to ‘open data’, I mean data that has been set free from control. Continue reading
Throughout the Open Data Scotland Code for Europe project so far the names of various APIs and server technologies have been thrown about – usually rapidly followed by the questions of:
- So what is it?
- What’s the difference between A and B?
- Do we need A if we use B and how does adding C affect it all?
- Can we download it or do we have to write it?
- Where’s it going to be hosted?
As anyone who has even vaguely glanced into the world of software knows, part of it is working on what you know and a big part of it is exploring and learning new things – a learning that often includes failing at something so it can be eliminated from the list before trying a new approach.