# Datapkg v0.7 Beta Released

OCTOBER 14, 2010

I’ve just put out a beta of a major new version of datapkg (see changelog below):

There’s a quick getting started section below (also see docs).

This is a substantial release with a lot of new features. As this is a client app which will run on a variety of platforms its been released as a beta first so there’s a chance to catch any of the cross-platform compatibility bugs that inevitably show up. (My favourite from last time was a variation between python 2.5 and 2.6 in the way urlparse functioned for non-standard schemes …)

I’d therefore really welcome any feedback especially regarding bugs and from people using platforms I don’t usually – such as windows!

### Get started fast

# 1. Install: (requires python and easy_install)
$easy_install datapkg # Or, if you don't like easy_install$ pip install datapkg or even the raw source!

# 2. [optional] Take a look at the manual
$datapkg man # 3. Search for something$ datapkg search ckan:// gold
gold-prices -- Gold Prices in London 1950-2008 (Monthly)

# 4. Get some data
# This will result in a csv file at /tmp/gold-prices/data


Find out more » – including how to create, register and distribute your own ‘data packages.