Simon Price gave an invited presentation, “data.bris: Use case, role and functionality for CKAN adoption“, to an audience of 50+ representatives from a broad range of the UK’s Higher Education and Cultural Heritage sectors, in London on 18 February 2013. The talk was part of Jisc’s CKAN for Research Data Management in an Academic Setting workshop which was organised by the Jisc Research Data Management programme and the Open Knowledge Foundation. The workshop was led by Joss Winn of Lincoln’s Orbital project as a requirements gathering exercise feeding into an evaluation of CKAN for academic use.
An initial presentation by Mark Wainwright of OKF, on CKAN and the forthcoming major new release, was followed by institutional cases studies from Bristol and Lincoln. The workshop then collectively created a list of role-specific requirements which were summarised in a Google Spreadsheet and which will form the basis of a paper being written by Joss. Several experienced CKAN developers from OKF and data.gov.uk were amongst the participants and helped to identify gaps between the requirements and current CKAN capabilities. In several cases it transpired that CKAN could already meet some of the requirements or could be made to do so with modest alteration. Other requirements would require the development of new features, extensions or plug-ins by either OKF and the existing CKAN user community or by the emerging UK HE CKAN user community.
As a follow up to the workshop, there is now a CKAN4RDM mailing list for people interested in continuing to discuss the use of CKAN within an academic environment.