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Socrata Publica Release Notes for 10/7/2016: Primer, Configurable Header/Footer, and Asset Inventory

Note: Primer and the configurable header/footer are currently being released to customers on a rolling basis. Socrata Publica (Open Data) site administrators will begin to receive launch emails this month, and we will expand to Socrata Performance soon.

Socrata Primer Now Generally Available

We are excited to announce that Socrata Primer (formerly known as the Dataset Landing Page) is now generally available for Socrata Publica (Open Data) sites! We’ve listened to feedback to surface valuable metadata, guide users to the “right” experience, and make sure users see the best visualizations, maps, and views for any given dataset. That’s why today we’re releasing Primer, which becomes the principal front-page experience for tabular datasets and external links moving forward. Primer:

  • highlights the most commonly accessed aspects of each dataset and guides users to the experience which makes sense for them, quickly and easily;
  • elevates dataset descriptions, usage statistics, tags, data types, and schema to the top;
  • and showcases, by default, the most popular content built from datasets. 

Primer is now available for a majority of Socrata Publica sites. We will be expanding this functionality to all Socrata Publica sites as well as Socrata Performance sites soon.

Socrata Publica site administrators can activate Primer, along with their configurable header and footer, starting today via the new “Site Appearance” Administration panel. If Admins have not configured and activated these features for their sites within one month, Socrata will configure and enable them automatically to ensure sites take advantage of the latest features.

Read this Knowledge Base article for more details on how Primer works.

 

Giving You More Control Over Your Site’s Appearance

As part of our drive to make Socrata Publica sites more configurable and self-service, we’re introducing a new mobile-responsive and admin-configurable header/footer. This header/footer enables site administrators to change and update their site’s logos, colors, copyright, navigational links, and more! It gives them more control over their site and empowers their team to update key items without needing to contact Socrata Support.  

Today, the configurable header and footer is available for a majority of Socrata Publica sites, as well as Perspectives. We will be expanding this functionality to all Socrata Publica, Socrata Performance and Public Finance sites soon.

Socrata Publica site administrators can configure, preview, and activate the header and footer starting today through the new “Site Appearance” Administration section. If the feature is not activated within one month, Socrata will configure and enable it automatically to ensure sites take advantage of the latest features. We’ll use each site’s existing styles and Customer Success Managers as our guides.

Read this Knowledge Base article for more details on how the configurable header and footer works.

 

Further Analyze Your Program’s Data Assets

The Asset Inventory is a powerful tool for site Administrators to easily understand and analyze the full set of data assets on their Socrata site. Based on feedback requests for further detail about each asset, we’ve added three new features to the Asset Inventory dataset: custom metadata fields, domain (for federated data), and the differentiation of map types.

All three of these new dimensions are included by default in the Asset Inventory, and help administrators further explore, visualize, and showcase aspects of their data program. For example, custom metadata fields make it easier to explore assets broken down by the fields that are most important to a data program, such as the publishing agency or data update frequency. And by differentiating between map views from tabular data, GIS maps such as polygons or lines, and ESRI extension maps, site Administrators can quickly analyze their program’s geospatial data.

Read this Knowledge Base article for more details on how the Asset Inventory works.

 

Small Updates & Bug Fixes

  • Corrected an issue with the OData connection where users would occasionally see the error message: “Access to the resource is forbidden.”  The OData connector should now be functioning as expected.
  • Made accessibility improvements to dataset grid view pages, including the visual focus indicator and the accessible option tab.
  • Fixed an issue where a user was unable to download data from a filtered view.
  • Fixed an issue where a user was unable to publish a new External Link dataset.

Prior to making Primer generally available, we released some new updates and fixes:

  • The Primer experience is now expanded to include the external link data type.
  • For featured and related content, the correct icon appears for calendars and external links are now supported.
  • Hyperlinks in the description of the dataset landing page wrap correctly.
  • URLs in the table preview now correctly render and can be clicked.
  • Creating a working copy of a dataset in the grid view no longer redirects to the dataset landing page.
  • An appropriate status message is now displayed when the dataset is geocoding, rather displaying an error.
  • Primer now handles invalid content better. For instance, if a user adds a chart as featured content and then deletes the chart, the landing page still loads.
  • Preview images of charts in the related content section look much cleaner, as they no longer contain a legend.
  • A progress icon now clearly indicates when the table preview is loading.
  • The table preview accurately displays percent columns rather than multiplying by 100x.

 


Check out our other Product News, and give us a shout at support@socrata.com with questions or ideas.

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