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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 Left Navigation panel, select Seek to access the feature.

2. Browse or Search:

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

To start Seeking, browse a Seek Collection curated by our subject matter experts to help you get started or you can search the full data library using the search bar.

Browse

Seek Collections are a way to get you started. Browse the collections and choose one or a couple to see the indicators that our experts have put together for you. They bring together indicators from across sources and dimensions to show you the power of our 1.1B data values.

Feel free to use as many as you like!

Select “close data selection” to exit the selection screen and view results.

Search

Search by simply typing a keyword in the search box and clicking Search.

This will show you results in what we call the data library, where you can find all of the data indicators that we offer. Look for cool features like a prompt for if the data is available for the geography you have chosen or an opportunity to pick a different time frame.

Expand to see the selection options and pick as many indicators as you want!

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.

Normalize in Seek Dec

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: geoJSON is a geographic file format that is used for representing geographical features along with their non-spatial attributes. Basically, this file format will export the boundary information of a shape (e.g. county) along with the data values that are attributed to it (e.g. total population). A GeoJSON feature collection with a feature will be downloaded for each selected geography. Properties within the feature are included for each data variable. GeoJSON files can be used in ESRI products or other map-based tools.

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. This easy export is great for viewing in Excel, working in a stat tool like SPSS or sharing with someone through email.

Tidy CSV: Tidy CSVs are tables that organize data following the Tidy convention (more information here) and are used to show the data values in all one column with other columns representing metadata. There is one row for each individual data point (variable + geography combination). The Tidy CSV convention is helpful when you need additional metadata or when sorting/filtering in Excel is the goal.

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.

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