This is a short tale of how I took another city’s data in order to expand the information we can provide for people / apps to consume. It also acts as a warning as to some of the unexpected side effects of using automatically generated data that has not been checked by a human.
One of the goals of the Code for Europe project is the creation of software that can be reused in other cities with little or no extra development work. Being invited to attend the EdinburghApps
hackathon event in Edinburgh over the weekend 4th & 5th October 2014 gave me the opportunity to attempt to tick this goal off the list.
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