New Geospatial Import Experience

Before you import: Requirements for your geospatial file

  • Make sure your file is one of the following supported upload formats: .zip (shapefile), .json (GeoJSON), .geojson, .kml, and .kmz
  • If an ESRI shapefile, the .zip should have these files - .shp (can have multiple), .dbf (can have multiple), .lyr, .prj.

Note: We do not support multilayer files in the new import experience. Additionally, we do not support NetworkLink elements (.kml files).

The Import Process

If you have never used the new import experience generally, take a look at this article.

1.  Before beginning the process of creating a new dataset, log in to your Socrata domain.

2.  Once logged in, there will be a gray navigation bar at the top of the page. From there open the ‘Create’ drop down and select ‘Dataset’’ to start making your new dataset.

3.  From the classic import experience, there will be a blue bar with a link to try the new workflow. Upon clicking the link you will be prompted for a ‘Dataset Name’ and then brought to the draft page for the dataset, where you can select a data source and edit your dataset’s metadata.

4.  Click on the ‘Add Data’ button to get started with selecting a Data Source.

5.  From this tab, you can upload your geospatial data, in the formats of .zip (shapefile), .json (GeoJSON), .geojson, .kml, and .kmz, by dragging the file into the right-hand box or by browsing for the source file on your computer.

6.  After importing your data, a data table preview will be available for you to review and modify. Datasets will be listed as tabular, with a "geometry" field for point, multipoint, line, multiline, polygon, or multipolygon. There will also be a primer page for geospatial data, just like any other tabular dataset.

7.  After the dataset has been imported, processed, and the schema configured, click “Save" in the bottom right.

8.  Then, publish your geospatial 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. For more information on creating map visualizations, see the following articles:

Note: At this time, we do not support downloading the original file.


Was this article helpful?
0 out of 0 found this helpful
Have more questions? Submit a request



Please sign in to leave a comment.