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Guides & Tutorials
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Data Catalog
The data catalog houses all datasets currently available for visualization. Datasets are updated as
data becomes available. Using the data catalog allows you to see the available data all in one place.
You can search and filter data easily using the ‘Filter by Indicators’ box on the left.
Clicking on a Subject Area will expand that subject showing a
list of headlines and indicators. The lowest level are indicators
which will display source and years available. Clicking on an
indicators will bring you to Weave to visualize of your selection.
Click on the
to see the metadata for an indicator to learn more.
By typing a topic in the terms box can clicking ‘GO’ will help
you find subject areas having data related to that term
Narrow search results by years available
Select "Disaggregations" from the drop-down menu to view all
commonly used measures within our data catalog. You may
reduce the number of measures that appear on your screen
by selecting "Headlines" or "Indicators."
Limit the number of subject areas shown
Select data sources shown
Select data geographic data levels
© 2012 CT Data Collaborative - Rocky Hill, CT - [email protected] - is a Project of the Connecticut Data Collaborative
Formatting Your Data
The format of your data is important in allowing Weave to match it to existing geographies.
Currently, CTData has all 169 towns and the state boundary geographies. By using the template
and following the guidelines your data should have no issues being displayed and manipulated. You
can use the visualizations to tell stories, create galleries and export for personal use.
The template contains two KEY columns:
These ‘Key’ columns act as Unique ID fields to allow
CT County Subdivisions & Towns
Weave to join your data to the pre-loaded geographies.
These fields should not be removed or changed.
There are 171 rows:
- One column header row
- 169 town rows
- One Connecticut State row
- The columns to the right of the two
KEY columns will be your data
- If you do not have data for a town
or the state row it should be left
blank, not deleted or have a 0
Check your data for the following:
• Check for double spaces in measures. Double spaces are not allowed for measure names and will cause
an error. Use the find tool in Excel to look for double spaces.
• Check for duplicate measures
• Make sure all of your data is formatted at “text” not numbers
• Check that all empty cells contain null values, not formulas or “” values. (use ‘Go to Special > Formulas >
Text’ to check for non-null cells).
• Check that a data record for ‘Connecticut’ is present in data tables. If not add empty record.
• Check that county subdivision data set has 169 towns plus CT (total of 170 records) plus column headers.
• Check for dashes ( - ) in indicators.
• Round to 2 decimals
• Check for spaces before or after indicators – use trim function to check.
• No illegal characters in any field in metadata including Definition and Importance fields. [] {} | # % + ? .
Use find function to check entire sheet.
© 2012 CT Data Collaborative - Rocky Hill, CT - [email protected] - is a Project of the Connecticut Data Collaborative
Upload Your Own Data has many pre-formatted and pre-loaded datasets to allow for easy use and visualization.
These can be found in the Data Catalog and easily visualized and manipulated in Weave. A very
useful feature is found in Advanced Weave is being able to upload your own data. By following the
steps below you will be able to use your own data in Advance Weave.
1. Go to Advance Weave at
2. Select the ‘Data’ tab and then ‘Load my
3. This will open the ‘Import Data to Weave’
4. If you have your data formatted correctly
press the ‘+’ button. Find your data file and
open it.
If your data is not already formatted you should
check out the data formatting guidelines.*
5. If it is not already set, select CT County
Subdivisions as the Unique Identifier
You can check your data by looking at the
sample table.
6. Click next. You can read about the various
visualizations you can perform with your data.
© 2012 CT Data Collaborative - Rocky Hill, CT - [email protected] - is a Project of the Connecticut Data Collaborative