At our last community call on March 31st, we had a discussion with Johan Richer from Multi (opens new window) around his theory of portal vs catalogue.
The discussion started with a presentation of the latest catalogue prototype by Etalab (opens new window) currently in development: https://github.com/etalab/catalogage-donnees (opens new window). Data cataloguing has become a major component of open data policies in France, but there are issues related to the maintainability of the catalogue and the traceability of the data.
In the beginning the data producers were also the data publishers, and therefore the purpose of a portal was to catalogue, publish, and store the data. Recently the process became more complicated, and the cataloguing became a prerequisite to publication. Instead of publishing by default, data producers want to make sure that the data is clean before injecting it into the portal. This started a new workflow of internal data management, that the portals were not made for. So how can we restore the broken link between catalogue and portal? Johan thinks data lineage is key.
If you want to know more about it, you can go and have a look at Johan’s presentation here (opens new window) (in French, but here’s a shortcut to the Google translation (opens new window) if you’d rather have it in English), or watch the recording:
# News from the community
Our community chat has moved from Discord to Slack! In the community survey we ran last year, many people suggested moving to Slack, and the terms of services are definitely better (ranking B vs E for Discord, according to https://tosdr.org/ (opens new window) ). We will also be able to organise the questions & answer better, and that will definitely be an added value for the community.
To join our community chat: https://frictionlessdata.slack.com/messages/general (opens new window)
# Join us next month!
Next community call is on April 28th. We are going to hear about open science practices at the Turing Way from former Frictionless Fellow Anne Lee Steele.
You can sign up for the call already here: (opens new window)
Do you want to share something with the community? Let us know when you sign up!
# Call recording:
On a final note, here is the recording of the full call: