Getting Started
 

The Civic Insights Hub provides community-wide access to open data that can be used to improve our lives. The Hub will accelerate access to a wide range of data sources by bringing them together in one place, and providing basic tools to make discoveries actionable. And it’s free for you to use.

Below are instructions on how to use the site. If you need additional assistance, please contact us.

Quick Start:
Here's how to use the Civic Insights Hub:

  1. FIND DATA you’re interested in for research & analysis
    1. Search for data = Search by specific topic or keywords.
    2. Preview data = Preview data in various formats such as charts, maps, or graphs.
    3. Download data = Download data for your own use. Reference the source providers for any of your results.
  2. REQUEST DATA or analysis you need
    1. Request data that you need.
    2. Suggest data or analysis that you think we should be doing.
  3. SHARE YOUR STORIES
    1. Send us any data analytics results that you'd like to share with us (Coming Soon).

Terminology:
Data: Data is information that has that has been translated into a form that is more convenient to move or process.

Datasets: A dataset contains multiple views and formats of a single set of data, along with data dictionaries.A dataset contains individual resources as well as metadata.

Metadata: Metadata is the “Who, What, When, Where, Why” of each dataset. There are a number of specifications for dataset metadata, but we currently comply with the DCAT (an RDF vocabulary for interoperability between data catalogs published on the web) and Project Open Data schemas.

Data Stories: To explore some of what is possible through the data portal and use of data, you can view our data stories. DigitalC’s data analysts have compiled these stories to shed light on interesting trends and insights in our region and continue to add new stories on a regular basis. Data Stories can be accessed from the homepage or from the “Stories” tab.

Data Formats: Formats are the types of the actual datas, APIs or links that we are sharing that are contained within datasets. We only provide resources that are machine-readable and in an open format. Resource types include:

  • csv
  • json
  • geojson
  • zip
  • txt
  • xml
  • API

We use resources to provide multiple permutations of data for easiest use on the portal. These permutations may include differences in format or granularity.

Available Search Filters:

  • Topics - High-level grouping categories. Our catalog is organized by 12 categories.
  • Tags - Secondary grouping categories. A dataset can have multiple tags.
  • Format - the format the files are available in
  • Publisher - the publishing department

Exploring Datasets

Datasets can be accessed via the search bar on the homepage, or the "Datasets" or "Topics" tabs on the navigation bar.

Clicking on the “Datasets” tab will bring you to the portal’s search and filter features. If you do not enter a search term or click a feature, you will be able to browse all available datasets.

Exploring Data

To preview a dataset, click on the preview button:
Preview Button

Once you are exploring a dataset, you will have many options to filter and view the data. For example, this table indicates the percentage of children who have never visited the dentist in counties in Ohio. If you click on the column headings, you can sort the data in ascending or descending order, enabling you to identify counties with the highest percentage of children without dental care. You can also filter data by hitting the filter button on the top right, allowing you to locate specific counties or only specific years.

filter

You can also preview geospatial data on a map:

geospatial

Checking the “cluster markers” option enables you to visualize hotspots more clearly:

clusters

How the Portal is Organized

To organize our data, we follow DKAN’s Catalog > Dataset > Resource model:

Catalog

The portal's dataset listing is the catalog.

Dataset

A dataset contains individual resources as well as metadata. Metadata is the “Who, What, When, Where, Why” of each dataset. There are a number of specifications for dataset metadata, but we currently comply with the DCAT (an RDF vocabulary for interoperability between data catalogs published on the web) and Project Open Data schemas.
A dataset contains multiple views and formats of a single set of data, along with data dictionaries.

Resources

Resources are the actual files, APIs or links that we are sharing that are contained within datasets. We only provide resources that are machine-readable and in an open format. Resource types include:

  • csv
  • json
  • geojson
  • zip
  • txt
  • xml
  • API

We use resources to provide multiple permutations of data for easiest use on the portal. These permutations may include differences in format or granularity.

Data Stories

To explore some of what is possible through the data portal and use of data, you can view our data stories. DigitalC’s data analysts have compiled these stories to shed light on interesting trends and insights in our region. Data Stories can be accessed from the homepage or from the “Stories” tab.