CivicActions assumes leadership of DKAN project, expands government open data services

Digital government services firm CivicActions has taken stewardship of the open data project DKAN to help foster and grow the free and open source open data platform and its community.

Previous DKAN maintainer Granicus has transitioned its government open data customers to CivicActions for ongoing enterprise services, including product development, training and support.

Key team members of the Granicus open data and DKAN teams have joined CivicActions to ensure a smooth transition and maintain consistency for future development and operations. DKAN co-founder and former NuCivic CEO Andrew Hoppin has joined the CivicActions team in a consultant role to provide DKAN professional services expertise and mentorship on leading the DKAN open data community.

DKAN is a community-driven, free and open source, open data platform with a full suite of cataloging, publishing and visualization features that allows organizations to easily share data with the public. Used by governments in more than 30 countries and 35 cities worldwide, key organizations include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Veterans Administration, State of California, State of Georgia and the World Bank. DKAN is featured in Gartner’s Market Guide for Government Open Data Management Platforms, and was named an IDC Innovator in the smart city open data platforms market.

With the acquisition of the DKAN project, CivicActions further expands its digital government services offering to include a turnkey cloud-hosted DKAN open data platform offering, as well as custom DKAN feature development and complementary open data professional services, including customization, data storytelling, engagement, training and support. Organizations interested in CivicActions professional DKAN open data services can learn more at civicactions.com/dkan.

In addition to continuing to support DKAN solutions for Granicus’ former enterprise clients in the United States, CivicActions plans to make new investments in free and open source product innovation, expand DKAN professional services including custom development, and expand internationally by developing partnerships with digital agencies worldwide.

CivicActions organized and hosted the first DKAN Open Data Summit in August in Washington, D.C., to foster conversation on the future of open data and how governments can use the platform to solve problems and share relevant information with the public.

“CivicActions is a committed contributor to government free and open source, agile and open data communities, and we are dedicated to the smooth transfer of the DKAN project and enterprise customers,” said CivicActions CEO Henry Poole announcing the transition. “We’re extremely excited to help foster, grow and bring new energy to the open data and DKAN communities.”

“The DKAN community is extremely excited that CivicActions will maintain and lead DKAN,” said Andrew Hoppin. “CivicActions has a long history of working with governments to successfully adopt free and open source software, and is truly committed to highly active and engaged collaboration with the global open data community. I’m honored to help support and make this transition seamless.”

Developers who would like to get involved with the DKAN project, can visit the GitHub organization at github.com/GetDKAN.

DKAN is a fully free and open source project under the GNU General Public License (GPL). DKAN was created in 2013 by NuCivic, which was later acquired by GovDelivery Inc. in 2014. GovDelivery merged with Granicus in 2017.

About CivicActions

CivicActions provides digital government services to federal, state and local agencies. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in free and open source agile software development, user-centered design, security/compliance and open data. CivicActions is a lead supporter of the Project DKAN and Agile Government Leadership (AGL) organizations, which champion scalable and sustainable public sector open data and agile practices. In 2017, CivicActions was named to Government Technology’s esteemed GovTech 100 list.