datapkg is a tool for distributing, discovering and installing data ‘packages’.
datapkg is a simple way to ‘package’ data building on existing packaging tools developed for code. datapkg is designed to integrate closely with the CKAN (Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network).
By putting data in a package, it gets labelled with standardized metadata and can be put in a datapkg repository, such as CKAN or a local one. Once in such a repository, the packages are easy to find and retrieve.
We recommend users get started by taking a look at the manual:
Source mercurial repository can be found at: http://knowledgeforge.net/ckan/datapkg
For developers we recommend starting with the design document:
There are also a set of use cases and research on other similar tools: