Various DCAT tools for harvesting metadata from Belgian open data portals, converting metadata to DCAT-AP files and updating the Belgian data.gov.be portal.
Only interested in the result ? The N-Triples and XML files (DCAT-AP) used to update data.gov.be can be found in the dcat repository
Overview of the tools
These tools can be used with Oracle Java runtime 1.8 (1.7 will probably work, but not tested), on a headless machine, i.e. there is no fancy GUI.
Internet connection is obviously required, although a proxy can be used.
Binaries can be found in dist/bin, compiling from source requires the Oracle JDK and Maven.
- Helper classes: for storing scraped pages locally, conversion tools etc.
- Various scrapers: getting metadata from various repositories and websites, and turning the metadata into DCAT files
- DCAT enhancers: for improving the DCAT files, e.g. map site-specific themes, add missing properties and prepare the files for updating data.gov.be
- Data.gov.be updater: update the data.gov.be (Drupal 7) website using the enhanced DCAT files
- Some tools: link checker, EDP converter tool
There is also separate, stand-alone RDF validator project which can be used to validate DCAT metadata, regardless if the metadata is to be published on data.gov.be or not.
Steps for updating data.gov.be and the EU Data Portal
- The various portals (except
all) should be harvested using the scrapers.
- The resulting RDF files must be improved using the enhancers
- The enhanced files can be uploaded to the data.gov.be portal using the updater
- Then use
allenhancer to merge all the files from the various portals into one file
- Convert the merged file using the EDP tool to an XML file called
- Upload both the
- This will be used as input for the European Data Portal (scheduled Thursday morning, every week)
All configuration is done using Java (plain text) properties files. Some examples can be found in dist/cfg
See also the Notes