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Help us Build a Robust, Open-Source Civic Data Ecosystem
Join us in our CKAN Sensemaking Workshop Series!

Posted by: Joel Natividad and Sami Baig
Category: Business, Plans, Research
Join us in our CKAN Sensemaking Workshop Series!

Last year, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) launched its Pathways to Enable Open Source Ecosystems (POSE) funding program to support open source technologies that provide solutions to problems of national and societal importance. Our team composed of faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh and datHere were awarded a grant to develop a plan to strengthen the CKAN ecosystem. 

We are excited to announce that starting Tue, June 20, we will transition to the sense making phase of the project in a series of public workshops

Data has become the lifeblood of modern societies, enabling informed decision-making, fostering transparency, and driving innovation. However, the sheer volume and complexity of data can often be overwhelming, making it challenging to extract meaningful insights.

For the past 16 years, CKAN has evolved as one of the primary ways to provide an open source platform – data infrastructure to share data, powering many open data and transparency initiatives around the world.

We believe that “it is essential that the CKAN ecosystem remains robust. For civic data to remain a public good, we must avoid locking it up inside proprietary platforms whose owner’s profit motives may conflict with open and democratic values.”

For the past 7 months we’ve engaged in ecosystem discovery, conducting several dozen interviews with members of the CKAN ecosystem around the world.

Join us in this workshop series to learn more about our findings thus far, share your insights from your own experience and connect with other members of the global CKAN ecosystem. 

As it happens, our work coincides with the CKAN 3.0 initiative. Our aim is to complement this effort with our study’s findings.

After the sensemaking workshop series, we will draft an Establishment and Expansion Proposal to strengthen the CKAN ecosystem in close collaboration with CKAN’s stewards and the Open Knowledge Foundation. 

This proposal will be submitted to the US National Science Foundation this September for consideration for a Phase II grant to implement a sustainable and robust CKAN Civic Data ecosystem.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://civicdataecosystem.org/2023/05/30/sensemaking.html

We invite you to join us in this important work! 

Co-Founder at datHere, Inc. | Website

Open Datanaut, Open Source contributor, SemTechie, Urbanist, Civic Hacker, Futurist, Humanist, Dad, Hubby & Social Entrepreneur on a 3BL mission.

Co-Founder at datHere, Inc. | Website

I oversee the design, development, and implementation of innovative data solutions for clients. My expertise in data management, data quality, and data integration has been integral to driving data-driven decision-making. I am passionate about creating a culture of data-driven innovation that enables organizations to stay ahead of the competition.