Welcome to the new edition of the CKAN Monthly Newsletter! As we look back on the previous months, it's clear that the momentum behind CKAN is stronger than ever. Let's take a moment to recap some highlights:
In our previous editions, we've celebrated the long-anticipated release of CKAN 2.10, a major update bringing various new features and improvements such as CSRF protection for frontend forms, refactoring of the authentication logic in favor of Flask-login, new CLI commands for API token management, and support for signals to allow subscriber-based features in extensions, and much more.
Patches for CKAN versions 2.10 and 2.9 have been released
This is a must-apply update to secure your CKAN sites against potential vulnerabilities! This update mends a crucial vulnerability that could lead to Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities, disclosure of private data, or DOS attacks (CVE-2023-32321). Further information can be found on the official CKAN blog: https://ckan.org/blog/new-security-releases-for-ckan-210-and-29
On the way to CKAN 3.0
Progress is being made towards the development of CKAN 3.0, including technical research and community discussions on the use of SQL engines. The discussion and feedback can be viewed on GitHub: https://github.com/ckan/ckan/issues/7551
The concept of a "Call Home" functionality was discussed during a developer meeting. This feature could be implemented in stages, from displaying a banner to registering all CKAN instances in a catalog and checking them against the latest versions. This discussion can be followed on GitHub: https://github.com/ckan/ckan/issues/7587
At this stage we’re actively seeking commitment from companies, teams, and individuals from the community to contribute to CKAN. If you recognize the absence of vital features and have the willingness to contribute, we highly value your thoughts and ideas. We encourage you to reach out to Alex at email@example.com with your insights. He will be more than happy to coordinate the subsequent steps and guide you through the process.
Next steps: The next steps involve transforming the insights and feedback gathered into actionable tasks and beginning to fill out the project backlog. Technical competency is required at this stage to enable the implementation of ideas.
Customization of how NULL values are displayed in datatables views is now available. Previously, these values were always shown as "None". This can be seen on GitHub Pull Request: https://github.com/ckan/ckan/pull/7574
CKAN Monthly Live
We are excited to announce that our next guest at CKAN Monthly Live will be Code for Africa, who manage the openAFRICA CKAN instance, the largest volunteer-driven data portal in Africa. Code for Africa is a leading figure in promoting transparency and accountability, advocating for open data, and empowering citizens through technology. Join us to hear about their journey with openAFRICA, gain insights into their work, and learn about the potential of open data in addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.
Join the conversation: Share your project at CKAN Monthly Live! Are you interested in sharing your thoughts or experiences during a CKAN Monthly Live session? We'd love to have you! To express your interest, simply fill out this form.
As we prepare for the upcoming issue, we would like to encourage everyone to share any relevant information or updates with our team. To facilitate this process, we kindly request that you send your contributions to either Alex or Yoana. Thanks for being part of this!
Want to get involved? We're a diverse and distributed community of 240 contributors from all over the world and diverse backgrounds, united by our mission to create the best data management system on the internet.
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.
Need help with CKAN? If you’re stuck on anything, chances are the answers await you on Stackoverflow or in the docs. GitHub Discussions is the place to connect with the community, share your projects and ask questions or support requests about CKAN.
If you want to report a bug or an actual issue with the CKAN software or documentation, please post it on the issue tracker. For security-related issues please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2023 CKAN Product Market Fit Survey is now open, and we need your valuable input! Take a few minutes to participate in the survey and make your voice heard. Together, we can create a future where data is more accessible, usable, and impactful.
In this blog post, we recap the enlightening discussion from our June 2023 CKAN Monthly Meetup, where Open Africa's lead, Emma Kisa, debunked myths about Africa's data scarcity and illuminated how her organization is harnessing the power of open data. Unravel how Open Africa, leveraging the robust capabilities of the CKAN platform, is liberating data from its physical confines and creating a unified, accessible repository.