Happy Fall!

We've been working on a range of new features, data, and enhancements to provide you with the tools and resources to make an impact in your mission. To keep you moving, we've curated the most important updates for you to know below, including:

  • New Feature Highlights
    Create bivariate maps, move/copy components, and format with rate per 100k.
  • Data & Template Updates
    We added or update 2 report templates and data from 6 sources.
  • Bug Fixes & Enhancements
    Our laundry list of tweaks we deployed for a smooth user experience.

New ways to easily visualize data relationships, move and copy components between work spaces, and format your data.


Showing Data Relationships with Bivariate Maps

We've released a quick and easy way visually represent the relationship between two data variables with bivariate maps. When creating a map, you can activate 'Bivariate Mode' with a single click and then select, normalize, and visualize your data immediately. Additionally, the new map legend is designed to communicate your data relationship with further clarity and color accessibility.

You can read more about this feature here, including best-practice guidance on when and why to use bivariates or other alternative map styles.


Move and copy components between reports, dashboards, and collections.

We love seeing the creativity in how you work with multiple components such as data visualizations, images, and copy--but we know it can be cumbersome to recreate or move your work to a different report or dashboard page.

That's why we've added the ability to move, copy, and duplicate multiple components between your work spaces. You can now select these options with a single component, as shown below, or select a group of them to edit in bulk.

If you have visualizations or component layouts you frequently use, you can create a form of 'component library' by saving them all in a report that you can come back to.


More ways to format your data with Rate Per 100k.

We know many of our users commonly need to calculate rate in order to make good comparisons of data. To help you accomplish this, we added the Rate Per 100k option to the Format drop-down when styling your data visualization.

You can read more about our data format options here.

Know more about your community's health, economic conditions, online connectivity and more.


We've added one new Report Template, and refreshed a favorite.

  • New: Leading Causes of Death - View Example
    Where are people living shorter lives? What is causing people to die? How do opportunities for health impact death rates across different populations? This report provides information about the top causes of death for counties, states, and the nation. Note: Data available for counties with a population of 30k+.
  • Update: Population & Demographic Overview - View Example
    We updated one of our classic templates with a refreshed design. This report is a starting place for understanding a general population and local demographics including information about total population, sex, race/ethnicity, and age.

Our Data Library has been updated with the following additions and updates.

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - View Data
    Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)
    August 2020 data for unemployment rate, employment, unemployment, and labor force now available in the Platform. Callout and time-series visualizations using the most recent month have automatically updated.
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband - View Data
    All broadband data values in the Platform were replaced with the new 2019 values, with information on advertised Internet speeds and number of Internet providers by technology.
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) - View Data
    Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)
    Mortgage origination data, including by type, race, and ethnicity, was updated with 2019 values. Data is now available yearly 2013-2019.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - View Data
    Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research (CDC WONDER)
    Added two table sets that provide new characteristic types on birth rate (prenatal care in first trimester, mothers who used tobacco during pregnancy, and preterm) and causes of death per 100,000 people.

    National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
    A new year of data, 2018, was added for drug overdose death rate, which is an age adjusted rate per 100,000 people. This characteristic type now has yearly data 1999 through 2018.
  • AIDSVu Emory University Rollins School of Public Health - View Data
    2018 data was loaded for prevalence rate and new diagnosis rate, and historical years for new diagnosis rates were also updated.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) - View Data
    Small Business Loans (BSL)
    The Small Business Loans characteristic type has been updated with four additional years worth of data, and is now available yearly 2012-2019.

Bug Fixes & Enhancements

We deployed the following fixes and enhancements to improve your experience working in mySidewalk.


  • Fixed an issue with download PDF functionality not working on dashboards.
  • Fixed an issue with the importing of report templates that contain collections directly to a report or dashboard page.
  • Fixed an issue where the static line option would display the geography when the Show geography labels when one geography was deselected.
  • Fixed issues where the banner notification for shared assets was not passing accessibility testing and would appear on print or PDF export.
  • Fixed an issue where the Download PDF button for Reports was not displaying within the edit experience.
  • Fixed an issue where PDF downloads for exported dashboards would be returned out of order.
  • Added the time label Callout components with normalized datasets.
  • Fixed an issue where changing your sub-geography in maps, while the data selection overly was open, would break availability.
  • Fixed an issue where the 'Learn more' link, located in the geography selection overlay, was directed to a removed/deleted document.
  • Added a filter allow users to filter reports within their account

Stay Connected with mySidewalk

We build and work on everything in this post because we believe data can change the world--and you're one of the change-makers that are charting a path to how we access, use, and share data to improve our communities.

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Questions or feedback? We're happy to help. Please reach out using the chat feature in the platform, contacting your Customer Development Manager, or emailing either myself or [email protected].


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