You Get An Icon, And You Get An Icon, And You Get An Icon (11 September 2018)

Add Icons to Your Point Maps 

Earlier this summer we introduced a brand new mapping experience to help you create beautiful, analytically-oriented maps with your data. Based on popular demand, in addition to coloring and sizing points, lines, and polygons, you can now also add icons from this icon library to the points on your new map.  


When configuring your map, easily search for relevant icons to differentiate points on your map, such as visual, music, and literary cultural spaces. The icon library can be found under the color palette for your map. 

Read this Knowledge Base article for more details on how to create point maps. 


Data Type Updates for Percent 

Throughout the last 6 months we’ve been making updates to certain data types in order to reduce complexity in how your data is imported, stored, displayed, and accessed through its lifecycle between the source system, Socrata, and external applications and tools. 

During the upcoming maintenance window that will occur on September 14th for our European data center and on September 15th for our US data center, we will be making a update to the Percent data type. 

Similar to the changes we made to Money, the Percent data type will be converted to Number with a display format of percent. With this change in the data type, your Percent data will look exactly the same as before when you are viewing it on your Socrata site, and the percent symbol (%) used in your data will be preserved. Additionally, there are no changes in how you import or export this data. 


There are two things to note with this change in type. First, the data type listed in the metadata (such as in the list of columns on a Primer page) will now list Number instead of Percent. Second, we are adding an additional format field for the data that will specify the scale of the number. This new format entry will be called “percentScale” with a value of either “1” or “100” and can be accessed through the API. 

Read this Knowledge Base article for more details on changes to data types. 


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

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