Open Data Release Notes for 1/27/2016 - GeoJSON Import, Single Expanded Data Lens Card

This announcement includes features and fixes from several releases in January, 2016.

Support for GeoJSON as an import format for geospatial data

Currently, the formats we support to ingress Geospatial data have certain limitations - shapefiles have a small upper limit on size, KML has a limit on column names.

With this release comes support for GeoJSON import, that will make loading data from Esri and other geospatial data platforms easier than ever. You can find more information on GeoJSON import in this support article on the Socrata Knowledge Base.

Single expanded card in Data Lens

Now you can have a single card on a Data Lens page in expanded mode fill up the entire width of the page.  This is especially useful when you want to just have a map to highlight information such as locations of building permits and crime by neighborhood.  The data table is still available below so that you can see the details of each row of data.

Selected Bug Fixes and Patches

  • Data Lens pages are discoverable under “More Views” of dataset page
    • previously, a bug caused Data Lens pages to not show up under “More Views” pane on the dataset page.
  • “Save As” is always enabled on Data Lens
    • when you’re logged in, we have enabled the “Save As” button so that you can make a copy of the Data Lens you’re current viewing without making any changes.  This makes it easier for any signed in user to personalize their own version of an existing Data Lens page.
  • KML/KMZ geospatial maps now reflect full attribute or column name
    • Previously, KML/KMZ files were stored internally in a format that truncated long attributes. This impacted attribute (column header) display in the user interface and in export.
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