New Enhancements for Data Lens: Increased Collaboration, Map Options, and More

November 5, 2015 9:00 am PST | Data as a Service

With Data Lens, publishers and admin users can quickly create interactive visualizations so that their constituents can easily see simple trends and engage with public data. We have just made it possible for users in government organizations to collaborate with each other on Data Lens pages. We also made it easier to create simpler, more consumable Data Lens pages for constituents.

Create Data Lens Pages: Available for All Users with Domain Roles

data-lens-collaborationPreviously, only publishers and administrators could create Data Lens pages, which limited the users in an organization who could take advantage of Data Lens. Now, we have opened up the rights to create Data Lens pages to all users with domain roles, i.e. Viewer, Editor, Designer, in addition to Publishers and Administrators. This puts the power in the hands of the subject matter experts so that they can create useful interactive visualizations for their constituents. We have also enabled users to share Data Lens pages with each other, which means that users can easily collaborate as a part of their usual workflow.

Learn more about how to get started.

Create Simpler Data Lens Pages, Each with Its Own Purpose

Our research has shown that citizens are 30 percent more effective at extracting information from Data Lens when there are fewer, but targeted visualizations on the page. As a result, we removed the limit of one Data Lens page per dataset, so that data publishers can create different Data Lens pages on top of the same dataset, each with its own purpose. This is especially useful for large, multi-faceted datasets such as building permits, where each Data Lens page can answer a specific set of questions like building activity by neighborhood.


Data Lens Point Maps: Map Flyouts

We know that adding geospatial context is an important part of making data relevant and meaningful to constituents. This is why we made maps in Data Lens come alive with more colors, interactivity, and detailed information. Publishers now have more options at their disposal to easily curate engaging maps and make them the centerpiece of their visualizations.

Most Valuable Datasets in Data Lens

Data Lens allows publishers to quickly and easily create interactive and contextual visualizations from datasets. Through our user research where we asked citizens to complete data analysis tasks, we learned that with Data Lens, 95 percent of citizens are successful at finding simple trends and 75 percent are successful at finding complex trends. On the other hand, with the tabular view, no citizens were successful at either of these tasks in under five minutes. Knowing these research insights, how can publishers broaden the impact of the data they publish using Data Lens? We identified the most valuable datasets where Data Lens would increase user understanding exponentially over the traditional tabular view along with real customer examples.

Learn more about on how your peers are making their most valuable datasets easy to understand.

Don’t miss our next Socrata Open Data: Product News & Latest Features webinar on November 10, 11am PT. You’ll learn all about how to take advantage of these features and more.

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