Minutes: 15th Virtual Meeting of the OKFN Openbiblio Group

Date November, 8th 2011, 16:00 GMT

Channel Meeting was held via Skype and Etherpad


  • Adrian Pohl
  • Sam Leon (OKF Community Coordinator)
  • Jim Pitman
  • Thad Guidry (Freebase – Google Refine)


Sam’s Introduction

  • Sam recently joined the OKF as community coordinator and introduced himself
  • he’s responsible for supporting the work in the area of open bibliographic data and open heritage.
  • He might help with editing material and post things to the openbiblio.net blog if people don’t have the time
  • Or he might otherwise support internal and external communication.

CKAN-as-a-data-repository questions

Some questions were brought up by Jim about whether CKAN now acts as a data repository.:

  1. How big a dataset can be uploaded to CKAN?
  2. When and what data should be uploaded to CKAN? When should a dataset that is stored elsewhere just be registered? Are there some recommendations/reflections about this anywhere?
  3. Is there a post about the CKAN change to a repository?

Adrian posted these questions to the CKAN-discuss list, here is Rufus Pollock’s response:

  1. “At the present time I think the size limit for upload of a single file is 500Mb but we could raise this pretty easily.”
  2. “We don’t have particular recommendations but I note that we have been
    hard at work on what we call “archiving” capability. If enabled this
    will automatically backup/cache a copy of a remote file to our local
    storage so that if the remote file disappears we can still provide it
    (this obviously needs to be somewhat configurable as there are some
    massive files around and we don’t want to cache e.g. simple html pages
  3. “There’s a post about the release of this extension for CKAN. We actually deployed this at the same time on thedatahub for a test period but didn’t officially announce. It’s been in use since and completely stable (backend storage is actually google storage).”

Activities in Germany (Adrian)

Adrian reports from openbiblio activities in Germany:

Library of Congress announces new bibliographic framework

We briefly talked about the Library of Congress’ announcement regarding the ‘new bibliographic framework’ being based on Linked Data principles: http://www.loc.gov/marc/transition/news/framework-103111.html

ACTION: Adrian post about LoC (include a photo)

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