CKAN Galleries by Data Shades is our custom distribution of the CKAN open data platform specially designed for storing and referencing image and video assets.
CKAN is intended to be a flexible, adaptable and essential platform that can be configured to serve all open data publishing requirements.
CKAN is currently used by governments, e-democracy advocacy community groups and private organisations across the world.
However we discovered an opportunity to develop a special flavour of the open data platform that did a better job of handling image and video files and allowing users to search for and browse those assets.
We built CKAN Galleries for this purpose and have made it available free to anyone to download, install and use under the same license as CKAN.
Most of the functionality and features in CKAN Galleries have been packaged as extensions that you can take and install in your own instance of CKAN.
You don’t have to use the full CKAN Galleries to take advantage of some of the extensions we’ve built including the Amazon S3 cloud storage connector.
Early in 2015 Data Shades entered Round 3 of the Digital Canberra Challenge in Australia with a custom CKAN and Drupal implementation called the Public Image and Video Library.
Link Digital / Data Shades was a co-winner of that round of the competition and we have now taken our work and experience in delivering the Public Image and Video Library to create CKAN Galleries.
CKAN Galleries is production-ready and can be deployed as an alternative to the basic distribution of the CKAN open data publishing platform.
CKAN Galleries has many features that are well-suited to handling images and videos including thumbnail generation, gallery browsing, powerful search, remote asset referencing, Twitter and Flickr harvest and ingest, cloud storage, asset flagging and moderation.
Here at Data Shades we follow a Scrum methodology for agile design, development and release of new versions, features and fixes.
We have a solid roadmap and a plan to fund future work on the CKAN Galleries product as well as our other products including CKAN Galvanize.
We plan to follow up the launch of CKAN Galleries with a minor point release in June-July 2015 that will include a full interactive installation wizard so that CKAN administrators won’t need to use the command line or SSH to perform basic installation and configuration operations. You can download or clone the first version of the installer now.
Our next release of CKAN Galleries will also include the ability to transcode videos using Amazon Elastic Transcoder service.
We will also soon be making CKAN Galleries available on the Amazon AWS Marketplace so you can take advantage of Amazon’s very effective pricing plans and impressive cloud infrastructure to host your CKAN Galleries website.