What it is

The world’s leading open-source data portal platform — A powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.

Features include:

Why get it

Data creates value. Governments do not have to provide all services around data themselves. They can empower citizens, organisations, and companies to make use of the data in new ways and unlock a lot of value for everyone. A McKinsey Global Institute Report estimates that access and re-usability of data across seven sectors of government can unlock between $3 trillion and $5 trillion in economic value annually.

CKAN helps governments national and local, to unlock this value. CKAN is an open source platform which means it can be easily adapted and expanded, there are no upfront capital licensing costs. In addition, CKAN-based solutions eliminate the risk of lock-in to a sole vendor and ensures the opportunity to source support, customization and hosting from multiple providers going forward.

Avaliable for:




A web based open data management platform is designed to sit between a web server/proxy and data systems. The web server or proxy are set up just like for a normal website. Like with any website it depends on its use how the setup for the web server is. It might be enough to have a simple web server to serve that platform. However for for high traffic sites, things like load balancers, caching, and thorough security setup is be needed. Open data management platforms may be able to run on their own (internal web server built in) and use nginx as a proxy to make it accessible.

When it comes to the open data management platform itself, as opposed to the server setup to make it accessible, it can generally be split into two layers: