Open Tools for Open Data

Open data takes work. Data must be cleaned, validated, published in open formats, made accessible and findable in order for it to become useful. We need tools to grab and combine data – to visualise it, to give it context and to make it work with our other tools.

Irina Bolychevsky, CKAN lead and Open Government manager will elaborate on how CKAN is such a tool. CKAN is a powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organisations) wanting to make their data open and available.

Jan Vansteenlandt, project lead on The Datatank will provide extra information about how The Datatank works very well with CKAN. The DataTank is an open source tool that publishes data from and to the web. It makes your data reusable for data journalists, and developers in a brink of an eye using modern web standards.

In this session, they'll even explore some of the other open source freely available tools that exist to help make open data useful and used. Things like: Simple open data format, Data Packages, OpenSpending, SayIt and many others!

Irina Bolychevsky

Mme. Irina Bolychevsky


Open Government and CKAN Manager at the Open Knowledge Foundation

Jan Vansteenlandt

Mr. Jan Vansteenlandt

The Datatank

Project Lead on The Datatank