jQuery widget to embed CKAN datasets on external sites
by Oleg Lavrovsky (https://github.com/datalets)


This module supports embedding information dynamically from CKAN data portals into other websites. Currently only dataset (package) search results are supported. For background on this project visit the Swiss OGD Handbook.

Usage notes

This script can be used with any recent CKAN portal. It exposes a ck module which has a datasets funciton. The first parameter is the DOM container into which the widget should be loaded, the second parameter a fully qualified URL to the target CKAN portal, and the third can be a free text search query (for example, “statistik”).

Add jQuery, Underscore, ckan and the ckan-embed scripts into the <head> (alternatively, use your own package manager):

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/underscore.js/1.8.3/underscore-min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/okfn/ckan.js/master/ckan.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/opendata-swiss/ckan-embed/1.0.0/dist/ckan-embed.min.js"></script>

Place the container and init code somewhere in the page:

<div id="example-1">
    Loading '<a href="https://opendata.swiss">statistik</a>' datasets ...
ck.datasets('#example-1', 'https://opendata.swiss/', 'statistik');

The widget will then render in the #example-1 container. Some styling possibilities, such as showing the logo of the portal, are explored in test/style.css.

Advanced options

The script may also be initialized with a configuration object, for example in this case to show three datasets tagged ‘hospitals’, without using JSONP and instead proxying the requests through to the API at the /ckanproxy/ path:

ck.datasets('#example-2', 'https://opendata.swiss/', {
    fq:       'tags:hospitals',
    rows:     3,
    lang:     'de',
    jsonp:    false,
    proxy:    '/ckanproxy/'
  • fq: allows use of filter queries
  • rows: limit the number of results shown
  • lang: default language for result links
  • jsonp: toggle the use of JSONP (see note below)
  • proxy: relative or absolute path to API proxy

NOTE: if you are running this script on the same server or using a backend proxy (supported in all web servers) to the CKAN API, we recommend that you disable JSONP with the jsonp: false option.

For more usage examples see test/index.html.

Developer notes

For information on the JavaScript CKAN client see ckan.js, for details of API usage see docs.ckan.org for package_search.

A web server like NGINX can be used to proxy requests and avoid the use of JSONP.

Build Process

To build ckan-embed.js and view the test examples, you must have npm installed.

  1. Run npm install in the ckan-embed folder to install dependencies.
  2. Run npm run build (this will invoke browserify to bundle the source files, and then uglify-js to create the minified version).
  3. Run bower install to fetch local versions of the lodash and jquery libraries for the test instance.
  4. Run a local webserver (e.g., python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000) in the root folder and then point your web browser at the test directory (e.g., http://localhost:8000/test/).


Developed with support from the Swiss Federal Archives.

This project was initially based on vega-embed.

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