About the UPF data portal:

The data platform of the UPF is part of an institutional project to open up public data (OpenData) in order to support the dynamism of the innovation process in the public sector, with a joint long-term work with other European Universities.

Architecture of the Portal

This website has been developed using CKAN and Virtuoso.

CKAN is used as the core platform to manage our data and at the same time as a tool to publish some content throught the portal.

Virtuoso is used to publish linked data and as a tool to provide our Sparql Point.

The following image, shows the architecture of the portal:

OpenData Architecture UPF
Figure 1 - Architecture of the Portal

Ckan: A powerful platform for OpenData

In the OpenData project at the UPF, we have considered CKAN as the core platform for opening the University Data. CKAN is the most powerful opendata platform, which is widely used worldwide. It has advanced tools and it can be extended according the necessities of each organization.

During the deployment of this platform in the University, we have had a great support from the CKAN team, and this helped us to develop a complete portal according to our needs.

About CKAN:

CKAN is the world’s leading open-source data portal platform.

CKAN is a complete out-of-the-box software solution that makes data accessible and usable – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data (including storage of data and provision of robust data APIs). CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.

CKAN is used by governments and user groups worldwide and powers a variety of official and community data portals including portals for local, national and international government, such as the UK’s data.gov.uk and the European Union’s publicdata.eu, the Brazilian dados.gov.br, Dutch and Netherland government portals, as well as city and municipal sites in the US, UK, Argentina, Finland and elsewhere.

CKAN: https://ckan.org/
CKAN Tour: https://ckan.org/tour/
Features overview: https://ckan.org/features/

About Virtuoso

Virtuoso is an innovative enterprise grade multi-model data server for agile enterprises & individuals. It delivers an unrivaled platform agnostic solution for data management, access, and integration.

The unique hybrid server architecture of Virtuoso enables it to offer traditionally distinct server functionality within a single product offering that covers the following areas:

Relational Data Management, RDF Data Management, XML Data Management, Free Text Content Management & Full Text Indexing, Document Web Server, Linked Data Server, Web Application Server, Web Services Deployment (SOAP or REST)

Virtuoso: https://virtuoso.openlinksw.com/dataspace/doc/dav/wiki/Main/

MSc. Thesis

Under the framework of this project, the following thesis was developed:

Linked Open Data at the UPF


Linked Open Data is a movement to publish data and connect it on the web. Recently, this approach was extended to the education sector and universities play an important role on it. This creates some direct and extras benefits that can impact the current business models of the universities. The two main benefits are related to the improvement of the current transparency system and creating economic value over the data assets of each institution. The present work is mainly focused on describing the current evolution of this movement across European Universities, creating a guideline with best practices for universities and considering the initiative developed at the UPF as an example.

Link:  https://data.upf.edu/upf/docs/2013/jorgepm/lodatupf.pdf