For the more data inclined folks like me, we recently deployed JKAN, a database-free open data portal powere by Jekyll, a static site generator. It’s a pretty simple site to understand, and lightweight for our purposes. Let’s walk through the steps of uploading a dataset.
Is your data tabular or geospatial? - If you’re uploading geospatial data, any common format will work, but it’s suggested that you upload GeoJSON or TopoJSON if at all possible. These are the most web-native geospatial filetypes. If it’s tabular, please don’t make me go loony and upload a
.xlsx file… While there’s not technically anything wrong with it, keep in mind that other users must have Excel to open Excel files. And Excel is not open-source. For that reason, you should always export tabular data as the holy grail of data formats: the
Login via Github to the data portal - First, make sure you’ve been added to the Open Savannah GitHub organization. If you haven’t been added, open a GitHub issue in the repository titled
jkan. (github.com/opensavannah/jkan/) letting a team member know. As soon as you’ve been added, you then have full privileges to add, edit, clean or curate the datasets and organizations. Just select
Login in the top right of the screen, then you should be automatically authenticated.
Follow remaining prompts – The rest is fairly straightforward. Be sure to create an organization in which the data you have came from, if applicable, as well as to fill out all metadata fields.
Let’s start storing what we collect better.