CKANconUS - May 29, 2018 - Oakland, CA



CKANconUS is the first CKAN conference in the US! It’s inspired by the original CKANcon, which is normally co-incident with the International Open Data Conference.

As part of the reinvigorated US Open Knowledge Network’s programming of monthly webinars, we’re also hosting this conference to further engage the CKAN community in the US.

Register for the conference here. :point_left:t3:

Submit your proposal for a talk here. :point_left:t3:

If you have any questions about the conference, just reply to this topic.

Looking forward to a successful conference!



Is there a fee for the event?

This is a community event coordinated by the US Open Knowledge Network. Thanks to the generous support of several sponsors, this is a FREE event! Food and drinks will be provided. Note that for the optional post-conference dinner though, attendees will have to pay their own way.

Are you affiliated with the Code for America Summit?

No. This is a community event indepently coordinated by the US Open Knowledge Network. We took inspiration however from two previous CKANcons which both preceded the International Open Data Conference, and scheduled CKANconUS the day before CfA Summit.

Why call this CKANconUS, and not just CKANcon?

CKANcon will remain an International Open Data Conference (IODC) event. IODC 2018 will be in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept 27-28. CKANconUS was inspired by CKANcon, but is specifically organized and targeted by the US Open Knowledge Network in its effort to engage the open source, open data community in the US.


This community event was made possible by the generous support of Amazon Web Services, Deloitte and OpenGov.


this is nitpicky, but i think engaging librarians/archivists is an avenue the open data community should specifically be targeting. idk which keyword would make that better, or even if it is applicable, but maybe engaging the openglam communities too? open glam (galleries, libraries, archives, museums)


Point taken @jalbertbowden. In my book, one of the marquee installations of CKAN is How do you suggest we modify the CfP and the announcement to address the OpenGLAM community?


i have no clue. actually been pondering how to go about engaging all the local librarians in richmond regional area a lot lately. i think its going to come down to a boilerplate email in my case. in this case…maybe ask them?
maybe reach out to the western pa open data group that has been making so much headway?


Agreed. Instead of waiting for all the talk proposal submissions to come in, you can proactively invite GLAM folks who are working in this space to submit a proposal. I’ll invite WPRDC folks and perhaps you can reach out to your network?


not sure how i forgot this, but definitely be worthwhile to ping code for philly and their contacts behind Endangered Data Week. i cannot remember which institution the edw people are from, but do know its a college’s library.


Looks good! I’ll be there and hope to talk about my recent CKAN work :slight_smile:


Wish I could make it along Joel :slight_smile: Looks like a great event and big thanks for pushing this ahead! The US needs CKAN, a strong Open Source option for data publishing. And, CKAN itself needs the US! There are some great initiatives going on there, especially at the city level. Bringing the work into the project and improving features that will help other cities as they move past jurisdictional ‘govt’ data and toward civic services data is a big win for everyone.


Thanks @Starl3n! Your presence will be missed, but I still look forward to seeing you in IODC CKANcon later this year in Buenos Aires!

And yes! The US needs a strong CKAN ecosystem to build out its data infrastructure, and CKAN needs the US to advance a global standard for a strong open-source data management platform!

@Bytemarks and I in the US OK node are doing our best to foster better collaboration within the ecosystem.

Like you said, there are several experiments & innovations happening in the US at various levels not just in govt, but also in academia and the private sector -; regional data portals like WPRDC and LAcounts; Boston; Philadelphia; Columbus; and so many more…

Hopefully. between the webinars; this forum; and CKANconUS - we can facilitate a more robust #BuildWithNotFor dynamic, so data portals don’t become just bespoke websites for data, but essential, standards-based, open-source data infrastructure that’s built by the community collaboratively.