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Meredith Slota Dec 05 • Announcements
It's stylistically more consistent with the rest of our recent GovStat improvements, it is easier to scan and read, it provides some new fun features, and performance across different browsers is improved. In addition, it is now fully localized in every language we currently support, so whether you work with "data" or "datos" or "données" or "dados" or "данные", we've got you covered.
Here's a side-by-side screenshot of the old version next to the new version, with annotations highlighting where various features ended up:
As you can see, we now show more information about the dataset, including the date last updated and the size of the dataset (rows and columns). Clicking the preview button shows you a pop-down view of the dataset or visualization, which is great in case you forgot which chart you named "Bar Chart". :) You can even have multiple previews open at once, to allow you to compare charts in one place!
Here's a screenshot of more than one preview in action:
In addition to surfacing more metadata about each dataset, we've also added the ability to search on "recent" datasets, so you can immediately find that dataset that you just uploaded without wading through other similar datasets.
Kellie Fontes Nov 15 • Announcements
The backlog which was preventing datasets to geocode quickly has been resolved.
You can now geocode datasets and publish them more quickly.
Kellie Fontes Nov 14 • Announcements
This announcement is being made to bring to your attention two incidents regarding geocoding - one which was resolved earlier in the week and another which began today and is ongoing.
From Nov 8th till Nov 13th, we experienced problems with processing new geocoding requests. As a result datasets uploaded during this time were not able to be geocoded successfully. As of the 13th, we were able to resolve the problem and confirm that geocoding was working again.
The second, currently ongoing issue, is a geocoding backlog. Datasets in the process of geocoding right now or which will be uploaded to geocode in the short term will take a while to geocode until the backlog is resolved. We will update you on the status of the backlog as we monitor it.
Thanks for your patience and we are apologize for the inconvenience.
Kellie Fontes Nov 14 • Announcements
(Are you a Data Publisher who is not familiar with DataSync™? You can find out more at the end of this article!)
As with past version releases of DataSync, V 0.3 has further enhancements and new features, many of which have been customers requests.
These include -
Ability to transfer data between two datasets
Port Jobs now support transferring data between two existing datasets on one domain or across two different domains.
Run and configure jobs purely through the command line
Now you can configure the parameters for a job and optionally authentication parameters through the command line. This gives more flexibility integrating DataSync into ETL processes. Previously, one had to configure jobs and input authentication details using the UI and then save the job before running through the command line. Now you can do everything needed to run a standard job through the command line. To learn how to use DataSync in command line mode run:
java -jar datasync_0.3.jar --help
Support for publishing files with and without a header row
Previously it was required that the CSV file to be published had a header row, now you can publish data with or without a header.
If you already have DataSync installed, the next time you open DataSync you will see a prompt to update your version to the current one. If you do not have the previous version installed you can download version 0.3 directly from the DataSync Repository on the Socrata Github.
In addition to the download link, the full documentation will give you the following:
The full list of features added
Information on how you can keep up to speed with new features on the roadmap
Deploy schedules for future versions
Information on how to leave a question, comment, suggestion or bug report
Additional resources on using DataSync
Source code for V 0.3
DataSync™ is an easy-to-use desktop data publishing application that Socrata users love. DataSync jobs can be scheduled using scheduling tools such as the Windows Scheduler or Cron. DataSync works on any platform that runs Java (i.e. Windows, Mac, and Linux). This is a simple, yet powerful publishing tool that lets you easily update data programmatically and automatically (scheduled), without writing a single line of code.