Data Portal Explorer

A network of coloured circles connected with straight lines demonstrating links between data portals and shared extensions.

The project explores “public datafication” and public “data worlds”, including comparative analyses of different ways of making public data (quantification and datafication of issues in the public sector) and different ways of making data public (forms and formats of public participation). It convened an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers to explore digital methods and approaches for studying data portals as online devices, including the development of a proof-of-concept toolkit – the “Data Portal Explorer” – for use in research, teaching and associated public interventions.

KDL set up the Data Portal Explorer which is a Python library, and command line tool, to harvest data from CKAN data repositories, using the ckanapi library.