DataSync Updates Speed Data Sharing
By Elana Hopman
Not too long ago, Socrata released a substantial upgrade to DataSync, its desktop data-publishing application.
The new version of DataSync provides updates developed in response to customer feedback, adds additional ways to improve efficiency, and streamlines the process of updating and maintaining data. For example, the new version can:
- Work on any major operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux)
- Transfer a data set or data set blueprint (schema) between domains
- Connect data coming out of extract, transform, load (ETL) tools directly to Socrata
- Send automatic error notification emails if there are problems publishing data (e.g. running a job)
- Log run history in a Socrata dataset, allowing users to track statistics such as the number of rows updated or added, dates when publishing jobs were run, etc.
- Manage and share publishing jobs, which can be saved as files, shared via email, etc.
The new version of DataSync also simplifies publishing large volumes of data, which is a frequent hurdle when trying to run a successful open data program. Technical and physical limitations can prevent pushing large amounts of data live. The new version allows automatic updates to data catalogs and easily handles files in the gigabyte range by publishing them in chunks.
The updates to DataSync enable Socrata customers to publish data more easily and in greater volumes, which will allow governments to provide citizens and developers with up-to-date data and promote innovation faster and more efficiently than ever.
For more information and to download the latest version of DataSync, visit the Socrata Support Portal.