We’ve been working hard to set up instances of [CKAN](http://ckan.net/) for open government data – most notably in [data.gov.uk](http://blog.okfn.org/2010/01/21/datagovuk-goes-public-and-its-using-ckan/) but also for open government data in Germany, France, Canada and elsewhere.
We are currently soliciting for feedback on how we can improve CKAN’s user interface and for suggestions for new features. We’re also in touch with other working on other open source platforms for open government data such as [Peter Kranz’s opengov.se](http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-help/2010-February/000577.html), the [Open New Zealand Catalogue](http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-help/2010-February/000579.html) and the [Sunlight Foundation’s new National Data Catalogue](http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-help/2010-February/000585.html). The longer term vision is to have data catalogues that are interoperable, and to allow federated searching, sorting and querying of datasets. With CKAN we are also working on things like supporting semantic web technologies, machine automated manipulation of datasets via a command line interface, how to federate between different instance, and internationalisation (i18n).
This Thursday we are having a virtual session to discuss all these things and more! If you are interested in making a data catalogue in your country: whether for open government data, open data in science or otherwise, we’d love to hear from you! Details are as follows:
* **When**: Thursday 11th February 2010, 15-1800 GMT (16-1900 CET)
* **Where**: Skype + [Etherpad](http://etherpad.com/MYs1TDxoXF) + IRC backchannel (connect at #okfn on irc.oftc.net or [via web browser](http://ur1.ca/4fh))
* **Participate**: If you’d like to join, please drop us a line on the [ckan-discuss list](http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/ckan-discuss)
For some background information and a list of existing catalogues, see [the following post](http://apoikola.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/open-government-data-catalogs/).