Getting Started on the
Alaska Open Data Portal
Tips for getting started:
With so many features, Alaska's Open Data Portal can be overwhelming. However, each individual feature is relatively straightforward to start using. Here, we provide quick information to accomplish some common tasks. At the bottom, we provide a link to more detailed pages that include step-by-step videos.
Easily Find What You Need with our Data Catalog
At the top left of the page is a link to "Browse" our data catalog. An image of the page is shown to the left. The catalog is a great "home base" for navigating the site. It is simply a list of all of our content on the portal, including datasets, visualizations, stories, etc. You can click the categories, types, or tags on the left side of the screen to filter the list down to what you want. You can do the same thing, but with your own terms, in the search bar at the top.
Previewing and Downloading Data
Once you click a dataset within the catalog, you will be taken to its "Primer" page, which contains all its metadata, a fancy word for "information about the data." Metadata describes the data; it provides an understanding of what the data is and how to use it. To download the data, at the top of the Primer page, click the "View Data" button. From there, you will see an "Export" button at the top right that will open a tab with many download options.
Creating Your Own Visualizations
One of the more powerful features within Socrata is the ease with which anyone can start visualizing and interacting with data.
Create a combo chart: The video to the right demonstrates how to create a combo chart.
Links to More Videos and Helpful Articles
The Alaska Open Data Portal is a powerful tool with many features that are beyond the scope of this story. For more information on how to explore, visualize, and analyze data on the Alaska Open Data Portal, check out THIS PAGE. However, we encourage you to just explore the site and what it can do. Most of the features and controls are intuitive and can be learned with just a bit of exploration. If you're stuck, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. For the full Socrata help documentation, see this Socrata Support page.
View Our Stories
Stories are a great way to see and interact with up-to-date data and understand context and trends using visualizations that we have created.
Stories are a way we can explain or analyze an issue through a combination of text and dynamic visuals. This page is built as a story. The portal is brand new so there aren't many stories yet, but watch for new stories in the future. A "STORIES" page will be available soon to make these easy to find.