November 2019 Data Snapshot

Monday, December 2, 2019

In the November 2019 data snapshot, you will find information on:

  • Does Your Data Asset Support Reuse?
  • OMB Rethinks ‘Protected’ or ‘Open’ Data Binary
  • American Community Survey - Five Year Estimates
  • New Calendar Visualization
  • Data Assets
  • Portal Accounts
  • State Data Plan

News, Updates & Tips

Does Your Data Asset Support Reuse?

Data reuse requires sufficient understanding of the data to ensure that it is used appropriately. To ensure your data supports reuse, you need to cover the What, Who, Where, When, and How. What is your data about, and how does it relate to your program or project? What is the source of your data and what subject or discipline is it related to? Who is responsible for collecting and publishing the data? Where was your data collected? When was it collected? Lastly, how was it collected? Good metadata and data documentation are the key for reuse.

Review the Metadata Guideline

OMB Rethinks ‘Protected’ or ‘Open’ Data Binary | 11/01/2019

Office of Management and Budget will soon release proposed guidelines for federal agencies to provide “tiered” access to their data, based on the sensitivity of that information. Historically data has been seen as either being open or protected. The Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, which is driving this new guidance, requires federal agencies to share their datasets internally and with other government partners.

Read the Federal News Network Article

American Community Survey - Five Year Estimates

Did you know you can find 36 datasets on that provide American Community Survey data? These provide state-wide data, and data for counties, places, and census tracts within Iowa. The data is pulled in using the U.S. Census Bureau's APIs, and are update once new data becomes available. Emphasis has been placed on bringing in the 5-year estimates. The 5-year estimates represent 60 months of collected data, is available for all areas, has the largest sample size and is the most reliable. We intend to add 1-year estimates for some of the key data tables that we require more frequently.

Browse the ACS 5-Year Estimates on

New Calendar Visualization | 11/18/2019

Users can now create a calendar visualization to display basic event information on a monthly view. This support article walks through the steps for creating a calendar visualization.

Read the Socrata Support Article

Data Assets

The table below reports the number of public data assets published on the state data portal by asset type for the portal as a whole.

Data Asset Type Public Assets
Datasets 288
Geospatial Datasets 58
External References 156
Documents 260
Filtered Views 256
Charts 126
Maps 54
Measures 34
Stories/Dashboards 4
DataLens Pages 16
Total Assets 1,252

View All Executive Branch/Non-Elected Agency Public Data Asset Counts

Browse the Public Catalog on

New Public Assets

The following are public datasets, external resources, geospatial data, stories and documents that were recently created and published:

Portal Users

Total User Accounts: 134
Active Users: 22 (16.4% of total)

Note: Active Users have logged in the data portal at least once in the past month.

Data Plan

The State Data Plan identifies actions Executive Branch State Agencies (non-elected) intend to implement.

Access the State Data Plan on

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