Before you can use SHID values in your upload, you need to get the SHID for the geography/region/boundary you are interested in. Use this article to understand how to export that information out of Seek.

What is SHID?

SHID is a unique identifier that mySidewalk uses for geographical boundaries that we understand. It stands for “Spatial Hierarchical IDentifier” and was created as a unique identifier that humans can read (as opposed to a random integer value).

Why do I need it?

You can use our SHID reference to associate your data with a geographic boundary that already exists in mySidewalk. For example, you can upload data for the state of Missouri using the Missouri SHID (country:us/state:mo) and our upload will automatically assign that data to the shape we know as Missouri.

What that effectively means is that you can use that data within mySidewalk in multiple, powerful ways with this boundary. You can map it easily and alongside mySidewalk data. You can make a correlation to understand how your data is related to data available within mySidewalk. The end result is a way for you to easily use your own data in mySidewalk.

Pro Tip: you can also use SHID upload to upload specific census tracts and block groups which are not currently available through the manual selection.

How do I include it in my Upload?

  1. Find the SHID values that you need for your data ( Learn how to do that here)

  2. You will need to add the SHID value to the CSV file that you are going to upload and use “SHID” as the label for the column with these values.

  3. Follow the typical steps to assign a mySidewalk geography to my data

  4. In the Data preview, you should see the SHID values. Select “Multiple Geographies”.

  5. Confirm that the selected geography is correct, change if necessary. Give your data a name and click “Submit.”


What should I do now?

There are many different things you can do with a georeferenced layer including making a map, a correlation or any component that uses ‘Your Data’.

To manage your data, you can access it from the “Layers” tab. Within that management page, you can assign a label or give it tags to make it easier to find.

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