As many of you know, a team from the University of Pittsburgh and datHere have been working to develop a plan to strengthen the CKAN ecosystem thanks to support from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems (POSE) program. For more context, read our previous article about Towards a Robust, Open-Source Civic Data Ecosystem.
The team has collaborated with members of the ecosystem to co-create a list of questions it is working to answer through its ecosystem discovery activities and has started to conduct interviews with people that play different roles in the ecosystem, including stewards, maintainers of the code base, code and documentation contributors, and people that install or manage CKAN implementations.
There are two ways to be involved in the ecosystem discovery work:
- Schedule an interview with members of the project team
- If you’re able to have a conversation about your role and experience in the ecosystem, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participate in a series of asynchronous activities and workshops this spring
- These activities are designed to capture additional ecosystem context. One of the first activities involves the creation of a collaborative CKAN timeline. Keep an eye on project website for more information - everything will be posted there.
Once the ecosystem discovery phase is complete in late spring, the project team will invite members of the ecosystem to participate in sense-making activities that will help the team interpret what was learned through the ecosystem discovery process. Activities this summer will also capture your ideas for strengthening the ecosystem, which can be included in a Phase II proposal to the NSF (due on September 7).