Exploration Canvas Beta Program Overview (Open Data)

The Exploration Canvas is a brand new platform surface for data exploration, data shaping, and derived view creation. It is currently in beta, which means users are invited to try it out while it is still undergoing active development to add more features and functionalities. This beta can be enabled on Open Data beginning in October 2021.

This article contains information on the Beta Program. For details about the Exploration Canvas itself, please visit this article.

Beta Program Details

  • Try It Out: Our Product team has prepared a demo site for you to try out the Exploration Canvas for yourself! Reach out to our Support team at socrata-support@tylertech.com for access.
  • Opt-In Per Domain: While the Exploration Canvas is in beta, its use will be on an opt-in basis. Domain administrators can reach out to the Support team at any time to have the Exploration Canvas enabled on their domains.

  • During the beta, users can choose when and whether to utilize the Exploration Canvas, without it impacting their existing workflows. (See “Accessing the Exploration Canvas” below.)

  • Living Beta: Updates and improvements are made to the Exploration Canvas on a regular basis (i.e. weekly).

Accessing the Exploration Canvas

This “Beta” banner appears when an asset is compatible with the Exploration Canvas. It displays on asset primer pages and in the Grid View.

Click “Try it Now” to open the asset in the Exploration Canvas. Otherwise, click the “x” to dismiss these reminders for the duration of your session.

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The Exploration Canvas also includes a quick “Return to Grid View” option.

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Living Beta

The Exploration Canvas continues to undergo active development. Rather than hold back improvements - like feature enhancements, or even bug fixes - we will submit updates on a regular cadence, typically weekly. Keep up with changes by checking out our Beta Release Notes.

Upcoming Functionality

The same basic data exploration and data shaping functionality currently offered in the Grid View is currently available in the Exploration Canvas. However, even more exciting features are actively being built, and will be added to the Exploration Canvas over the course of regular updates.

This chart indicates what to expect, using the current Grid View as a reference:

 

Grid View

Exploration Canvas

 

 

Open Data Beta (Oct. 2021)

Coming Soon

View and page through data table

✅ 

✅ 

Search data table

✅ 

✅ 

Filter and sort columns

✅ 

✅ 

✅ 

Sort on multiple columns / set sort order

⛔ 

Quick filter via column header

🚧

Remove and reorder columns

Group columns

Create aggregate columns

Create calculated columns

🚧

Use “read-only” data shaping to explore published assets

⛔ 

Create derived views

Copy derived views

⛔ 

Adjust size of Visual Query Editor

🚧

Share asset to social media

Export data

We Want to Hear from You!

We are excited to hear feedback from users of the beta Exploration Canvas. Your feedback will inform the continued development of this feature. Share your thoughts with us!

To make the feedback process as simple as possible, our Client Success and Software Support teams have coordinated to ensure that all feedback related to this feature reaches the Product Development team. Feel free to share your thoughts through any of the following venues:

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