Getting Started: Seek

Use Seek to access specific data (sectioned by geography) and download it as needed.

MySidewalk has built and continues to develop a large data library of over 1.1 billion data values from over 40 sources. These values are available to platform users over time and across many geographies. Accessing that data (for any use you need) is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with our Seek feature.

  1. Access Seek
  2. Choose data
  3. Download

1. Access Seek:

From the Home screen or the Menu panel, select Seek to access the feature.

2. Select Data:

If you would like to change or add geographies see Add or Change Geography below.

For more information about Macro and Micro Modes see below.

Once you have Seek open, you will see that your default geography has already been selected. Your fist step will be to select the data you want to view. You can click the Add Data button in the main view or click “data” then Add Data from the right menu panel.

You can search or filter the data at this point to discover what you need. Multiple datasets may be added here and selecting the plus button at the top of a section will add all the variables for that data. Select “close data selection” to exit the selection screen and view results.

At this point you will see data populated in a table on your view! Again, you can change or add geographies as desired.

Pro Tip: data from multiple sources may be pulled into Seek. You can view more about What Data is Available here.

Optional: Normalize

You can manipulate the data at this step (similar to other parts of the platform) by clicking on a data label in the right menu panel and updating as desired. You can fully leverage the power of our data scientists by normalizing or adjusting the format if desired. Read more about normalization here.

3. Download:

Once you are displaying the values you desire, you may download the data for further analysis in another tool (excel, etc.). Click the Download button to export in 1 of 3 formats.

GeoJSON: The GeoJSON format is a standardized format that includes the shape of the geography with the data values in the download. A GeoJSON feature collection with a feature will be downloaded for each selected geography. Properties within the feature are included for each data variable.

Simple CSV: A simple CSV download will give you an export of the table you are viewing in the platform view. It will include columns as variables and geographies as rows. The time elements will be included in the column headers.

Tidy CSV: Tidy CSV is a format that displays each entry of the data as a row and the columns as attributes. There is one row for each individual data point (variable + geography combination).

Each download is subject to our terms and conditions which can be reviewed here.

Optional Steps:

A: Add or Change Geography

A big advantage to fulfilling your data needs in MySidewalk is that you can add geographies or even subsets of geographies easily within Seek. You can always change the geography choice by clicking “geography” in the right menu panel and then choosing the name of the geography listed below. You can add additional geographies by choosing “Add Geography” and searching for the desired feature. This is an easy way to compare cities or even to see city/state data next to each other.

B: Macro Analysis Mode

Macro mode is the default mode and allows you to choose any geographic location you want in any feature class (state, city, zip code, etc). You can mix and match the feature classes as desired for comparisons or simple look ups. If you want a subset of a particular geography, use the Micro Mode.

C: Micro Analysis Mode

Micro mode is an alternative way to view the geographic locations within Seek. It allows you to take advantage of the sub-geography apportionment that MySidewalk offers. Use the Discovery Mode dropdown to change to Micro Mode. Adjust the geography as desired and choose a sub-geography to see the breakdown. If you want to view multiple geographic locations (not sub-geographies), use the Macro Mode.

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