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Tackling Spam on the DataHub

Rufus Pollock - 30/09/2013 in Community Updates, Get Involved

We’ve seen increasing levels of spam recently on the DataHub even with the presence of captchas and other anti-spam devices.

Our immediate priority is to eliminate existing spam and get on top of new spam using human efforts before putting in place semi-automatic processes for stopping it.

We need your help!

We’re going to need help to tackle this – in particular, we’ll need some folks to get extra-special spam-fighting powers and act as spam-fighters. If you could spare a few minutes a day or even a week please let us know! You can either email me or sign up on this google doc:

Tackling Spam on the DataHub Doc »


  1. Removal – get rid of all existing spam
    • Despam user list
    • Despam dataset list
    • Despam “related”
  2. Stop it coming back in future
    • Establish a group of monitors working in rotation who kill spam as soon as it appears
    • Put in place new systems and processes to stop in future

Immediate Plan

Our immediate plans are to:

  1. Move to Organizations
  2. Remove existing spam

More details on both to follow soon. If you are interested in helping please add yourself to the list of volunteers in this doc (or tell us in the comments!).

If you have any other thoughts or ideas please let us know!

Trello board for coordinating Community Efforts

Rufus Pollock - 23/09/2013 in Community Updates, News

We’ve been busy since our last update getting things moving. First off, we’ve created a public Trello board to enable better coordination of community DataHub efforts going forward:

Anyone can add to this board and we’ve created a “Read Me First” card to get you started:

If there are particular features that you believe are more important than others, adding a comment to the card on trello will help us in prioritising the order of work – of course, code contributions are always welcome too!

For those who wish to add new feature requests, please let us know your trello username and we can get you added to the board.

DataHub Important Community Update

Ross Jones - 11/09/2013 in News

TL;DR: changes are afoot for the DataHub. Following the recent (technical) upgrade its time for a community upgrade including new dedicated DataHub mailing lists and a call for contributors to new DataHub team.

We’re writing to give an important update on the DataHub – the community data hub powered by CKAN we’ve been running since 2006!

Over the last year or so DataHub has not kept up with the speed of change that has been happening within CKAN itself. As a result it hasn’t received as much attention as it should, and we feel it is high time to bring DataHub up to date and make it the awesome community owned and run data hub it can and should be!

DataHub is and will remain community run, and community owned, and will have a solid technical home within the Open Knowledge Foundation Labs. However, if the DataHub is to meet the needs and expectations of those using it we need to create a team of administrators, curators, developers and more – so we need your help!

There are lots of ways to get involved. We will need help with advocacy, triaging ideas and issues, and writing code. To help coordinate this we have created two new mailing lists dedicated to the DataHub, datahub-discuss for those who want to get involved in helping take the datahub forward and datahub-announce for announcements.1

If you’re interested in helping take DataHub forward please join datahub-discuss list and introduce yourself!

Ross Jones and Rufus Pollock, DataHub Coordinators


1 With the growth of the DataHub and CKAN it is now time for the DataHub to have its own dedicated space and community – there are now hundreds of CKAN instances whereas once upon time there was only one: (We renamed to in 2011 to avoid confusion between CKAN (the software) and the website!)