If you are looking to use a custom set of data from a spreadsheet, .csv, or from your own shapefiles, you can add these to mySidewalk through an Upload. If you have data available in a file that could easily be dropped into GIS, you should have no trouble dragging and dropping it into the upload section. If you are uploading a .csv, make sure it is associated with a geography or use the Georeference tool, even if you only plan to use that data for a bar chart or time series.

To learn more about what file types you can use to upload a layer, click here.

To learn more about how to prepare your data for upload, click here.


1. Prepare

Preparing your data for upload is a crucial step in the success of adding data. There are several articles to help with cleaning and preparing data for success! Read here about cleaning data and here about file types.

Pro Tips:

1. NO duplicate column or row headers (every header should be unique).

2. You MUST include geography somehow.

2. Upload

Click "Upload" (icon with arrow pointing up) in the navigation bar or choose "Data" (icon with four stacked discs), then Add Layer.

2. Choose Upload Layer

Choose Upload Layer and then bring in your layer file. It will take a few minutes to process but then your layer will be available to use. To learn about uploading and georeference (uploading a layer using mySidewalk geographic data), click here.

3. Manage and use your layer

A successful upload will result in a layer being created and move you to the layer management page. On this page, you can update the name of your file, add tags, add a description and change the label of your file. It will also reveal if you have uploaded time in a way the system can recognize (this example does not have time included).

Pro Tip: choose a field to assign as the label - geography often makes the most sense

From here, you can click New Report to start building visualizations or choose Reports from the menu and choose an existing report. The Layer you built will be accessible from components if you choose Your Data.

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