Now In Preview: A New And Improved Way To Import Data (24 January 2018)

New Import Experience Now in Preview

Starting today, all users with the ability to create and publish data on Socrata can begin previewing the new import experience on their Socrata site. Importing data is now faster and more flexible, and to best get a sense for how your data will look we highly encourage you to try it out!


Interested in what to expect with this new experience?

  • Adaptive to your publishing workflow: different steps can be started at different times and owned by different people
  • Fast feedback and validation: see errors while the data is still being processed, and confirm changes look as expected immediately
  • No longer all or nothing: if your data has errors, they are set aside for you to correct while the rest of the file finishes importing
  • Speedy: import files more quickly, such as a 100K row dataset in 40 seconds, and start editing data after 10 seconds
  • More configurations: settings such as “trim whitespace” and setting the column separator (delimiter) can be set in the UI

Currently this new experience supports the initial creation process for tabular, unstructured, and externally linked data. Support for geospatial data will be coming soon (keep an eye out for that announcement!), as well as support for the edit experience. For now, continue to use the existing import wizard for geospatial data, and the append and replace wizard for edits.

For any users previously participating in the opt-in beta, you will notice that the “Beta” option has been removed from the “Create -> Dataset (Beta)” dropdown, and instead you can now enter the preview through the normal “Dataset” workflow.

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


New Dataset Preview Becoming the Default Experience Soon

Since the end of October last year, you have been able to preview the new dataset experience that has a more modern design, supports larger datasets and faster load times, and allows for easier editing of information like column fields and descriptions.


We have received a ton of great feedback, leading to improvements and bug fixes over the last few months, and we are now getting ready to make this preview the default experience for all datasets.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, we highly encourage you to do so! And if you have any questions or concerns about this change, please reach out to us at

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


Small Updates & Bug Fixes

  • On a dataset’s Primer page, the “View Data” button is now the primary button highlighted in blue, and there is a dropdown to create and explore the data through the visualization experience.
  • Columns (e.g. Name, Last Active, Email Address) on the Admin User Management panel are now sortable.
  • Notification emails for new accounts being provisioned once again include the role the user was assigned.
  • Fixed occasional 500 errors seen on some OData v4 endpoints.
  • Sometimes saving the first Featured Asset on the Catalog was prompting an error and failing to properly save. This is now fixed.
  • If data sent through a form field contains accents or other special characters, the data will now be displayed correctly in the dataset.
  • Uploading an attachment through a form in IE11 will now properly show the file name, instead of the full file path.
  • Visualization experience updates and bug fixes:
    • Timeline charts now have an option to switch from a pan (or scrolling) view to a fit (or fixed) view that displays the full chart at once.
    • Fixed an issue that prevented some public charts from being viewed when you were not logged in.
    • Fixed an issue where the 'Show Legends' button was not working properly on some embedded charts.
    • Legends in visualizations now correctly display additional special characters.
    • Flyouts on visualization now scroll correctly when there is a lot of content.
    • Charts embedded within a Perspectives story once again properly respect hiding the source data link if that option has been set on the chart.
    • Fixed an issue where embedded visualization were not correctly filtering exact matches.
    • Reference line labels now use correct abbreviations for very large values and decimals.
    • Visualizations viewed on mobile devices no longer have overlapping text in the header.
    • Charts in Data Lenses will now properly rescale when data is filtered by another chart.
    • Numbers with a large amount of digits are no longer displayed as "undefined" in hover-over flyouts on charts.


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