Dear open data enthusiast,
It’s been a while since our last blog post, but not because we’ve been standing still. To the contrary, we have been busy working, building and thinking about how The DataTank can be a platform that not only publishes data into several data formats, but also a platform that can enrich data with ontologies, visualise data, and how all those different features can be loosely coupled.
The result can be seen in our repository which holds a set of packages that provide the different features a DataTank can provide. By doing this, we allow the user to have its own configuration that fits its needs, and allow other PHP developers to use our tools to perform certain functionality, which is not necessarily Open Data related. For the people who are used to our old repository, or for people who haven’t played with our code just yet, a small introduction is in place. Our The DataTank goal is simple: providing a tool that allows to publish data on the web. However, there are multiple ways of doing that. Reading data from data sources, and formatting them into a certain format for example are two different features, enriching them with ontologies is another one. Therefore, we have split those features in packages. Each package has its own goals and purpose and can contribute to publishing data in its own way. If you have no clue where to start, check out this repository.
In a previous blogpost we have mentioned that we were going to work on projects with Westtoer, and the Flemish Government. The Westtoer project has almost come to an end now, and it is time for us to focus on the next big thing: opening Flanders! Therefore, we are currently working on some final enhancements and issues and we should be finished by the end of May in a stable release. After that we will gather all of our long-term visions and ideas and pour them into a roadmap, aligned with the needs of the Flemish government, so stay tuned.