Words to Know

Explanation of terms that your MySidewalk support team is likely to use.

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Written by Dana Greiner
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mySidewalk Account

Log into your mySidewalk account using the email and password you used when you created your account. You will have your own login information, or license, to mySidewalk, but you share your account with other license holders at your organization.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Sign in to your account at data.mysidewalk.com

The sign-in page of the mySidewalk platform

mySidewalk Platform

When you log into your mySidewalk account, you're in the mySidewalk platform, which is the tool that powers everything you create.

The Homepage of the mySidewalk platform

mySidewalk Dashboard

A mySidewalk Dashboard is a standalone website with multiple pages of data that tell a comprehensive story or offer a complete look at an issue or service. Examples include city performance, fire performance, community health assessment, fair housing assessment, and many more.

Home page of Williamsburg, VA's City Performance Dashboard

Home page of Williamsburg, VA's City Performance Dashboard


A report is a single webpage that communicates a targeted data story. Reports are created in the mySidewalk platform by individual users either from scratch or by customizing a pre-made report from the mySidewalk Template Library.

A report from Greater Portland COG on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color

A report from Greater Portland COG on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color

Report Template

A report template is a pre-made data analysis on interdisciplinary issues ranging from health to environmental justice to employment and the digital divide. New additions to the library are driven by needs expressed by our community of partners and are designed by members of the mySidewalk team with backgrounds and expertise in related subject matters.

The mySidewalk Report Template Library


Components are the building blocks of reports and dashboards. Each report and dashboard is comprised of different combinations of content and data visualization components. Currently, mySidewalk offers eight content and nine data visualization components.

Content Components

  • Text

  • Video

  • Image

  • Button

  • Divider

  • Spacer

  • Promo Card

  • Collection

Data Visualization Components

  • Map

  • Bar Chart

  • Pie Chart

  • Table

  • Scatter Plot/Correlation

  • Time Series/Trend Line

  • Progress Tracker

  • Callout

  • Goal Tracker

mySidewalk Data

mySidewalk comes with more than 3,300 pre-processed indicators from dozens of federal and other national sources, including the most comprehensive set of social, economic, and environmental determinants of health. All of the data is sourced from trusted agencies, enriched by mySidewalk's data scientists so that it can be visualized across time (with historical data and projections) and space (at any one of more than 12 geographic levels), and updated as new data is released so you always have the most recent numbers.

mySidewalk Data is searchable by keyword, source, time element, and geography

Layers (user data)

You can also create or bring your own data into mySidewalk, effectively building custom data in mySidewalk for you and your colleagues. There are three ways to add data: draw spatial layers; upload spatial layers; or request assistance from the mySidewalk team to prepare, transform (if needed), and upload tabular data for use in reports and dashboards.

Build your Data in mySidewalk by drawing and uploading locally sourced data

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