Allan Barger | 23 Feb 2016
The zip extractor tool gives data custodians a more effective avenue to publish open data. This opt-in tool will automatically search for and extract ‘interesting’ files from zipped resources. Nominated interesting files currently include;
The zip extractor follows some simple rules;
Extracting ‘interesting’ files allows data.gov.au to create APIs for correctly formatted data files.
This tool improves workflow for data custodian when adding datasets with a large number of resource files. Instead of uploading all files individually, users can combine all related files into a single zipped upload. The tool will then automatically extract any interesting files.
The zip extractor is a scheduled task and runs daily across new resources at 18:00 AEST.
Enabling Zip Extractor Tool
The zip extractor tool can be enabled for new resources at the Add Data screen by selecting the ‘Extract Resources from Zip Files’ tick box.
For existing resources users can enable the extractor tool by;
The extraction of the files inside the zip will be queued for the next scheduled run and will not happen right away.