Socrata Open Data Product News, August 2015

August 17, 2015 7:00 am PST | Data as a Service

We’ve added many features to Data Lens, the most recent addition to your Socrata Open Data product. Data Lens is the reimagined Open Data experience that challenges the status quo with a visually rich and intuitive data publishing and exploration interface. Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Data Lens: Distribution Chart Visualization

The Distribution Chart allows you to visualize the distribution of numerical data. In just a few clicks, data publishers can create an interactive Distribution Chart so that users can more easily gain understanding and derive value from published data.


Data Lens: Save Map Pan and Zoom Level

Now it’s easy to highlight specific areas on Point Maps and Region Maps because you can save the pan and zoom level of maps while in customize mode. This allows data publishers to call attention to the most relevant areas of the map so that users can more quickly extract meaningful information.

Screen Shot save map zoom and pan-2

Define Row Labels for Datasets

Our user research has shown that users are 50 percent more likely to understand the information on charts with a descriptive specifically defined row label. Open Data now supports the option to define a label for each row in the dataset, e.g. crime incident, employee, or measurement. This label is visible to users on the “About” page and it will automatically be used in Data Lens card titles.


In case you missed it, check out the Let’s Explore Data Lens Webinar video to learn the Data Lens fundamentals.

OData Support for Private Datasets

Users can now connect to private datasets on Socrata Open Data sites using the OData URL. This enables further analysis of data using Microsoft Excel, PowerBI, Tableau, and other OData-compatible analytics tools. Simply enter your Socrata credentials to authenticate and you will be able to seamlessly keep both private and public datasets up to date.


Join us for the next “Socrata Open Data: Product News and Latest Features” webinar on September 2 to get all the details on the latest updates!

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