Importing FAQ

Can I update my dataset automatically?

Yes! You can automate your dataset to be regularly updated by using one of our integration options. For example, your organization may have an internal database with constantly updating information that you want to be reflected in your open data portal.

 

How does file size effect importing data?

Datasets can vary in file size depending on the number of rows, columns, format, etc. The Socrata platform can host both small and large datasets, but the method of importing a dataset will depend on file size.

For datasets less than 4GB it is possible to import them through any of our import methods some of which can be found here. However, if the dataset you wish you import is larger than 4GB please let us know by contacting support at support@socrata.com so we can help make the upload process as smooth as possible.  

Is it possible to import multiple files at once? 

It is currently not possible to import multiple files at once through the web interface. To import multiple files you would need to program a solution using the publisher API.

 

Why am I receiving an import error?

When you receive an error during import, it usually means you need to make some small changes or adjustments to your data or settings. Here is an article about what your error message means and how to find a solution.

 

What does ETL stand for?

ETL stands for extract, transform, and load. This refers to the process data goes through to make integration possible between systems. For example, the integration between an excel document on your desktop and the dataset on your Socrata platform.

 

Where can I find more information about previous publishing jobs?

Site Publishers and Admins can review the Activity Log page in the admin section of your site. You can read more about the options available on this page in our article on the Activity Log.

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