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Download/Export Format Options

A description of the download and export options offered and what they can be used for

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Written by Jennifer Funk
Updated over a week ago

MySidewalk offers a variety of formats to download a visualization or the contained data.


A comma-separated values (CSV) file is a simple text file that is delimited by commas. When opened in a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers, it will appear as a single sheet table.

Used in:

  • Visualization data exports

  • Goal Trackers

In Data downloads, CSVs are available in two formats:

Simple CSVs

Simple CSVs match the format shown when viewing the data in the browser. The only metadata shared here are the column and row headers. This easy export is great for viewing in Excel, working in a stat tool like SPSS or sharing with someone through email.

Tidy CSVs

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.


SVG is an image format that is used to define vector-based graphics for web. An SVG file is more appropriate when you need high resolution for printing or scaling (making the image smaller or bigger).


PNG is an image format that is very frequently used and presents as an uncompressed raster image. PNGs are most appropriate when you just need the image file in an easy to use format. PNG is accepted in almost every document editing tool (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple Pages, Adobe, etc)


PDF (or Portable Document Format) is a form of “printing” that is wholly digital. You can use this format to export formatted text and images that are then easy to email or, print on paper


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.

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