Visualization and Accessibility Updates (8 September 2017)

100% Stacked Bar and Column Charts

With the introduction of multiple measures, comparing different fields in your data is now easier to do in the new visualization experience. However, not all data is best compared by looking at absolute values next to each other. For example, instead of just looking at counts of permits, we might be interested in comparing how the percentage of specific permit types (construction, demolition, for example) differs between building types (commercial, single family, for example).

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Now when you create a bar or column chart with either a grouped dimension or with more than one measure, you can select the option for “100% Stacked” to generate a stacked bar or column chart for your data. This is ideal for visualizations where you want to show the ratio of values within a given column (totaling 100%).

Read this Knowledge Base article for more details on how the new visualization experience works.

Accessibility Updates

Accessibility of web-based tools to people with disabilities is something we take seriously here at Socrata. We understand that for many of our customers, accessibility is not just a requirement by law, but also part of the mission that data and digital services should be accessible by all the citizens a government organization serves.

Even though Socrata’s products have passed many accessibility reviews, as technologies, accessibility standards (such as Section 508 and WCAG 2.0), and our products change, we are constantly updating and improving accessibility of our various features. We recently made a large round of accessibility updates to ensure that Socrata’s products remain accessible to those with disabilities, and help your users find the data and information they need.


Small Updates & Bug Fixes

  • The “open in...” link no longer appears on the Primer page for private datasets, since users are not able to authenticate through to view datasets that require a login.
  • In Internet Explorer 11, the descriptions for assets were expanded by default. If there were verbose descriptions the catalog was not easy to scan through, so descriptions are once again defaulted to collapsed with an option to expand the full text.
  • A new tab for “My Assets” has been added to the new asset management experience, allowing you to search, filter, and manage your assets alongside your site’s assets. Although experience is currently only available to Site Administrators and Publishers, it will soon be discoverable for other user roles as well to facilitate asset discovery and management.
  • There are two new updates for the Activity Log (formerly known as Data Jobs) page: first, the timestamps of data jobs have returned, to help differentiate frequently updated data jobs; and second, the name for the person who initiated the event is clickable again to take you back to the user profile of the individual.
  • When viewing the data table (or grid view) on a mobile device, clicking the prompt to view the full version of the dataset now takes you to the full browser version of the dataset table, rather than the Primer page.
  • In Internet Explorer 11, sometimes chart cards on a Data Lens page would overlap onto other cards on the page. This is now fixed.
  • In the new visualization experience, data that contains some other characters, such as “<” now display properly when that text is used for labels on the axis of a chart.


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