CKAN Monthly Newsletter #1, February 2023

Welcome to CKAN Monthly Newsletter #1! It's been a while since we last connected! We're thrilled to bring you the first edition of our monthly newsletter! We believe that this newsletter will become an essential source of information for our community, and it's going to evolve and improve every month.


Dear CKAN community,

Welcome to CKAN Monthly Newsletter #1! It's been a while since we last connected! We're thrilled to bring you the first edition of our monthly newsletter! We believe that this newsletter will become an essential source of information for our community, and it's going to evolve and improve every month.

In this newsletter, we aim to provide you with a summary of what's happening in the CKAN world each month. From new developments to upcoming events and everything in between, you'll find it all here. But we can't do this alone! We would love to hear from you and hear about any news or events that you would like to share with the community. If you have any information that you'd like to see included in next month's newsletter, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the first edition of our newsletter! And, a big shoutout to our enthusiastic and dedicated Product Owner, Alex Gostev who’s leading this initiative and all those who contributed to make this first issue a reality! Alex’s passion and drive continues to inspire the team to strive for excellence and constantly enhance the project!

We all know that 2022 has been a year of change and growth for CKAN. As we enter a new year, we thought it was a perfect time to reflect on all the exciting things that happened in our community over the past 12 months. If you haven't already, we highly recommend checking out Yoana Popova's summary of the highlights from 2022!


  • Hiring Update
  • Chatbot
    • The chatbot on is now live and active.
    • During the first week, we received 5 conversations, including 1 commercial lead and 2 questions from developers, among others.
    • A big shoutout to Alex for pushing on this!
  • FAQ Page
  • National Science Foundation CKAN POSE project
    • Phase 1 has started, led by Bob Gradeck and Nora Mattern from the University of Pittsburgh and supported by datHere.
    • This phase is a research phase, where CKAN is being evaluated alongside other open-source projects of national and societal importance.
    • Ecosystem Discovery Workshops: A series of workshops will be conducted in the next few months with different communities of practice of the CKAN ecosystem (e.g. data portal operators, system integrators, contributors, data publishers, data journalists, data scientists, etc.). This is all being done in preparation for a Phase 2 proposal that could provide $1.5 million to support and scale-up the CKAN ecosystem.
      • Questions you’d like to ask about CKAN: The team is compiling a list of questions you may have about CKAN. Please feel free to add your questions to the list.
      • Sign-up for the workshops: The schedule and sign-up form for these workshops will be available and shared on in the next few weeks.
      • Contact Information: For questions or concerns, you can reach the team at
  • CKAN Monthly Live
    • The January CKAN Monthly Live was about taking the CKAN Datastore to the next level with DataPusher+. Thanks to Joel Natividad for the great presentation! Don't miss out on our upcoming meetup featuring Oleg Lavrovsky who will delve into the latest advancements in DCAT standards and will also announce his exciting plans for several hackathons throughout the year, including a major one in March that could be of interest to our international community.


Extensions updates

  • Ckanext-scheming 3.0 and Dataset Form Pages: check it out here
  • Ckanext-spatial 2.0 is out, with a complete rewrite of the spatial search, new map search widget and revised documentation. It also drops the PostGIS requirement to make installation and deployment easier. Check it out here.
  • DataPusher+ is a fork of Datapusher that combines the speed and robustness of ckanext-xloader with the data type guessing of Datapusher.

GitHub Updates


Contributors to the CKAN core

1-question survey

What are the best sources for discovering open data peers, news, and portals in your region? Can you suggest the top information sources you use for finding open data?

Hit the button below and share your top sources for discovering open data with Alex Gostev. Your contribution will greatly benefit everyone by expanding our collective knowledge of valuable open data resources. Share with Alex here.

Want to get involved?
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If you love data and python then join one of the weekly Dev Meetings. These are open to anyone so feel free to drop by and ask questions or just listen in. Maybe you can even help with issues marked as Good for Contribution or tackle some of the project's Rockstar Tickets listed here.

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Thank you for being a part of the CKAN community, and we look forward to keeping you informed and engaged in the months ahead!

Best regards,
CKAN Project Team