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Data Lens

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What is Data Lens?
Data Lens is the beginning of the next revolution in open data. The new open data experience is designed to get your open data to everyday users with a reimagined data consumption experience that is visually, engaging, and intuitive. It is a dynamic, interactive, visual filtering experience, backed by data science that enables users to more easily understand the insights behind your data.

Accessing a Data Lens Page

Once a Data Lens page is created, it will inherit whether it is public or private from the source dataset.
When first created public Data Lens pages are hidden from the catalog by default and only Publishers and Administrators have the ability to change this visibility. Once a publisher or administrator has made them visible in the public catalog then all site visitors will be able to access them.
What are Cards?
Views in the new open data experience are comprised of cards. These cards are representations of the columns in the dataset, presented as a machine learning model assigned logical type. For example, cards may be represented as categories, or geospatial regions.  Find out more about cards here
How do cards relate to other cards?
Cards act as cross-filters for each other -- allowing users to quickly and intuitively manipulate data and make insights pop out on the page. This way viewers get to the data and answers they’re looking for significantly faster than Socrata’s tabular dataset experience.

What is Data Lens Page Curation?
The new open data experience also brings a new publishing model. This model enables publishers to use drag-n-drop tools to easily curate pages, add, remove, and reorder cards.
It’s that simple to make any dataset part of this new user experience! It is important to understand that the Data Lens page is actually a view based on the source dataset and, as such, it has a different unique identifier (“4x4”) and API endpoint. Find out more about Data Lens curation here.