June 2019 Data Snapshot

Monday, July 1, 2019

In the June 2019 data snapshot, you will find news, updates, tips and other relevant information to Iowa's data program including:

  • Improving Dataset Descriptions
  • Creating and Configuring Measures
  • Expanded Options for Relative Date Filters
  • Coming Soon: Hierarchies & Drill-downs in Visualizations
  • Data Resources Available
  • State Data Plan

News, Updates & Tips

Improving Dataset Descriptions

Dataset descriptions help people accessing your data to quickly understand whether it is of interest and how it is used. When drafting descriptions for your datasets, you should:

  1. Briefly describe the observation unit (what the rows in the dataset represent) and key dimension and measured variables included in the data. The column metadata provide an opportunity to provide a more detailed description and definitions for each variable within your data (i.e., columns).
  2. State the date, or date range for the data contained in your dataset. Where the data is still being updated, the note the date your data is first available (e.g. Data available for audit reports issued on or after July 1, 2003.). Where your data is no longer updated, it should reflect the date range (e.g., Data available for audit reports issued between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2017). If the data only reflects “current” information, the description should note that (e.g., Data available for liquor licenses active at most current month end.).
  3. If applicable, state the civil name that best describes the extent of the area (e.g., Muscatine County, IA; Des Moines, IA; Walnut Township, Madison County, IA; etc.)
  4. Highlight any standard that may be applicable to the data.
  5. Summarize why the information is collected by your agency and how it is used.
  6. Highlight key questions the your data can help people answer.

Good metadata is key to increasing a dataset's usability.

Read more about descriptions in the Metadata Guideline (DOM)

Creating and Configuring Measures

Authorized state employees can now create measures to highlight the results of your agency's work from published datasets. The following support articles give how-to guidance:

Reporting your agency's performance has never been so easy.

Find more in the Data Portal Governance Guideline (DOM)

Expanded Options for Relative Date Filters

Authorized state agency staff are now able to able to select this quarter and last quarter as options for relative date filters in visualizations created on the data portal. With relative date filters, you are able to specify the number of completed periods using days, months, quarters, or years; or select from the following options: Today, Yesterday, This Week, This Month, This Quarter, Last Quarter, and This Year.

Learn About Filtering Visualizations (Socrata)

Coming Soon: Hierarchies & Drill-downs in Visualizations

Authorized state agency staff will be able to establish hierarchies and drill-downs in visualizations created on the data portal. The established hierarchies and drill-downs would allow end users (citizens or other state employees) to click on a component of a chart and drill in to explore the data within that piece of the visualization. This new functionality is expected to be available in a month.

Data Resources

Access data assets available to you.

View Public Catalog

Data Plan

Access State Data Plan

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