February 2020 Data Snapshot

Monday, March 2, 2020

In the February 2020 data snapshot, you will find information on:

  • We Have Economic Data
  • Tell Me a Story
  • Creating a Filtered View
  • View the Most Recent Time Period
  • Data Assets
  • Portal Accounts
  • State Data Plan

News, Updates & Tips

We Have Economic Data


We are now automatically importing the following datasets into the state data portal using the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis' web services. As new data is made available by BEA, these datasets will automatically be updated. Additional variables that were not included in this first iteration will be available soon.

Tell Me a Story


On the state data portal, agency staff are now able to create stories that provide a more meaningful way to for you to explain and the public to explore your data. The following new stories were created in February:

Reach out if you want to learn more about this tool, or if you have an idea for your agency.

Creating a Filtered View

Many times it is necessary to filter or aggregate a dataset, or highlight specific records within a dataset to help answer more specific questions related to data, and/or hide columns and change column labels and descriptions in preparation to making the data public. You can do all of these things using filtered views. This playbook walks through the process of creating a filtered view.

Open Playbook

View the Most Recent Time Period

As dashboards are built on the state data portal, there are many instances where a chart or map needs to present data from the most recent time period reported. While visualizations have relative date filtering capability (e.g. last month, last year, etc.), they oftentimes will result in visualizations not rendering correctly due to delays in data reporting. This new playbook walks through the process of creating a filtered view that presents data for the most recent time period. Charts and maps created based on this filtered view will always sync up with the measures using the last value period type to account for delays in data reporting.

Open Playbook

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 286
Geospatial Datasets 155
External References 156
Documents 260
Filtered Views 295
Charts 152
Maps 58
Measures 81
Stories/Dashboards 15
DataLens Pages 15
Total Assets 1,473

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

Browse the Public Catalog on data.iowa.gov

Portal Users

Total User Accounts: 132
Active Users: 18 (13.6% 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 dom.iowa.gov ‚Äč

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