Publishing and Visualizing Geospatial Data

Welcome to the New Socrata Mapping Experience!

Socrata is changing the way you upload, view, and shape geospatial data! Any datasets with location or geospatial data can now be uploaded through our new import experience, viewed through Primer, and shaped with the new visualization tool! This process is currently in Beta, so some functions may not be fully complete or available at this time.

Some of the features that are now available include:

  • A Primer page for Shapefiles
  • A fully functional attribute table
  • Resizing and coloring of points, lines, and shapes based on data in the table
  • Customizable Clustering of points
  • Better Performance

Upload Geospatial Data

In order to shape and visualize maps with the new mapping experience, your dataset will first need be uploaded to Socrata.The new mapping experience can be used with tabular datasets with a point (location) column as well as shapefiles (.zip, .kml, .kmz, .geojson) that contain line, multiline, polygon and multipolygon data.

For datasets with point location data, the data can be imported using any standard Socrata import method. To use the new mapping tool with shapefiles (i.e. lines, polygon etc), the data will need to be imported with the New Import Experience. Importing shapefiles through this tool will now work exactly the same as importing tabular data.

Unlike in the past, importing shapefiles will not create a map by default. Instead, you will have a tabular dataset that includes a Well-Known Text (WKT) column containing the map geometries. Your new dataset will have a Primer page just like any other Socrata dataset. The map can then be built and customized using the Socrata Visualization tool.

Create Maps

Once your data has been uploaded to Socrata, you can use the visualization tool to create a map based on the data and feature that map on the Primer page for the dataset.

In order to do so, from the Primer page of the dataset, click Visualize > Create Visualization.


Once you are in the visualization tool, you have the option to create and shape maps as desired. The following articles break down the options available for different map types.

Once you have created your map, you can add it as Featured Content on the dataset Primer page so that users can easily find your newly created map.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to!

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