Accessibility Instructions for using an Open Data Portal

Socrata’s Open Data portal supports accessibility for screen readers. If you run into any issues with your current screenreader, please try using NVDA or JAWS.

NVDA - https://www.nvaccess.org/download/

JAWS - https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/software/jaws/

Please use the Table of Contents below to quickly access the different areas of this article. Each section will contain information on guiding you to the appropriate area in our platform interface.

Table of Contents:

Navigation Links:

Users can navigate to different parts of the website by using the navigation links near the top of all pages. It also has a navigation region. Jaws users can use the “R” key while NVDA and Narrator users can press “D” to go to the navigation region.

Some navigation links have drop down menus. For example, the “About” link can expand to show links such as “Overview.” To open the About submenu and get to the sub-links, press enter and the “About” accordion will expand. Once expanded, the sub-links can be navigated to using the arrow or tab keys. Users can press enter on “About” one more time to collapse it.

Search and Browse Datasets:

To search for data sets, users can navigate to the edit field labeled, “Search the Data catalog” on the home page or the data page. Both can be found in the site navigation links mentioned above. Enter a search term and press enter to be taken to a search results page. Once the search results page has loaded, screen readers should announce the number of results available. Each search result will have it’s own heading level 2. The headings for each result are also links and can be activated to open the dataset.

To browse available datasets, users can navigate to the homepage or data page from the site navigation links. On that page, there are heading level 2’s that lead users to new datasets, popular datasets, datasets by categories or datasets by agencies.

Viewing a Dataset:

Once a dataset is open, there are some headings and tables to help introduce the data. Some heading include, “About this data” and “What’s in this Dataset.”

To learn how big this data set is, navigate to the “What’s in this dataset” heading and use the arrow keys to read the information provided. This includes how many rows and columns are in the data set.

To learn the definitions of the column headers, navigate to the “Columns in this dataset” heading and read the table below it.

Table Preview:

To start reading a small preview of the actual data, navigate to the “Table preview” heading and read the table below. There are previous and next buttons to navigate to the next and previous parts of the dataset.

Each column in the table preview also has a “Column Options” button for sorting the data. For example, when there is a name column, the column header will contain a button labeled “Name Column Options” that Users can press enter to activate it and get options to sort in ascending or descending order.

View full Dataset:

To view the full dataset as a table, find the link labeled “View data” under the “Table Preview” heading.

Download Dataset:

To download a dataset, navigate to the “Export” heading and use the link(s) below to select the desired file format.

Viewing a chart:

When view a chart, the user can choose to view a summary table in place of the bars. Using your keyboard, tab to a chart, select summary table and hit return. This will read a row that relates to each item in the chart. Note, maps will play the original dataset and may be less clear with a screen reader.

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