Socrata Open Data Product News, September 2015

September 23, 2015 12:00 pm PST | Data as a Service

See the latest open data product news, including an updated (and faster) upload process for DataSync, and two key updates for Data Lens.

DataSync 1.6

With DataSync 1.6 it’s now easier to reliably and repeatedly upload your data into Socrata! We have simplified the initial setup screen and added real time feedback and an interactive preview so that as a data publisher, you can get a better understanding of how your data will be ported into Socrata and quickly resolve any errors. Initial upload speed for large files is also up to 25 percent faster with DataSync 1.6.


With these improvements, data publishers can more seamlessly keep their Socrata Open Data sites up to date and provide their users with the freshest data.

Learn more about DataSync 1.6.

Data Lens Enhancements

We’ve added more enhancements to Data Lens, the most recent addition to your Socrata Open Data product. Data Lens is a way to visually explore your data and arrive at insights more quickly and easily. Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Data Lens: Distribution Chart Enhancements

We recently introduced the Distribution Chart to help visualize the distribution of numerical data. Because datasets come in all shapes and sizes, we’ve added more options to put the control in the hands of data publishers so that they create a visualization that best fits their data. Publishers can now choose between linear scale or logarithmic scale for the X-axis in the card settings.


We’ve also modified the Distribution Chart to automatically display a histogram when the number range in the column is small, i.e. <= 20.

distribution chart in data lens

This allows users to better see the distinct values in the columns along with the number of occurrences rather than only see bins of values.

Data Lens: Customize Mode Updates

Data Lens provides an easy way for publishers to drag and drop cards onto a page to create a customized interactive experience for users. We have made enhancements to make the process more user friendly by providing better guidance around the page layout. Each section on the page has a distinct card configuration that is now clearly marked so that publishers can quickly and easily design a page that best suits them.


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