Organize views in a single dashboard


Sample dashboard

This extension adds a dashboard to CKAN, which provides way to organize many of the new Resource View being developed in in a single page.


This extension depends on the latest unreleased CKAN version being worked on the master branch and ckanext-viewhelpers. You have to install that first.

After that, simply clone this repository and run python install. Then add dashboard_preview to the list in ckan.plugins in your CKAN config file. Make sure to put it after viewhelpers.

Restart your webserver. You should see the new “Dashboard” chart type as an option in the view type’s list on any resource.


First of all, you need to have created the charts that will form the dashboard. Using the sample dashboard above as an example, you’d need a choropleth map (from ckanext-mapviews), a bar chart and a basic grid (both from ckanext-basiccharts) before starting the dashboard.

After you do that, go to the Manage resource page of the resource you want to create the dashboard for, and create a new Dashboard view.

When you start creating a dashboard, before you’re able to preview it and add any widgets, you need to decide it’s title (you can change it later). Go ahead and write My Dashboard in the title input and click on Preview.

You should see a boring, empty dashboard at the bottom of the page. If you’re paying attention, you’d notice that the Add widget and Add widget from URL buttons are now activated. Let’s go ahead and start our first widget.

Click on the Add widget button. You should see something similar to:

Add widget dropdown

There you’d see a list of every resource views’ that belong to any resource in the current dataset, grouped by resource. Select a few of them.

They’ll be added to the dashboard preview in the bottom of the page. There you can resize them simply by dragging their borders, and also reorganize them on the dashboard by dragging and dropping.

If you’d like to allow the user to filter the data, click on Add filter on the Allowed filters field. You can select which columns are filterable (it’s only possible to add textual or date columns currently), and change their labels. To understand how the filters work, check ckanext-viewhelpers.

When you’re happy with your dashboard, click on Add to save it. You’re done! If you go to the resource’s page, you should see it.


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