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Original author(s) Open Knowledge Foundation
Stable release 2.3[1] / March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
Written in Python
Available in Multilingual
License AGPL

The Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) is a web-based open source data management system for the storage and distribution of data, such as spreadsheets and the contents of databases. It is inspired by the package management capabilities common to open source operating systems like Linux, and is intended to be the "apt-get of Debian for data".[2]

Its code base is maintained by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The system is used both as a public platform on Datahub[3] and in various government data catalogues, such as the UK's,[4] the Dutch National Data Register, the United States government's[5] and the Australian government's "Gov 2.0".[6]
South Australian state government has also joined the ranks of many jurisdictions world-wide in making government data freely available to the public on CKAN platform[7]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Rufus Pollock, Daniel Dietrich (2009-12-28). "CKAN: apt-get for the Debian of Data". 26th Chaos Communication Congress. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  3. ^ About Datahub
  4. ^ (2009-09-30). " - Project Info". Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  5. ^ " Launches New Catalog and APIs". 2013-05-22. 
  6. ^ "New – now live on CKAN". 2013-07-17. 
  7. ^ SA Government data now freely available

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