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Data Browser

The Data Browser allows you to search for data by category that you can use for color-coded maps, smart map search analysis and custom reports. You can access the Data Browser from categories in Color-Coded Maps and Smart Map Search.

To learn about the data available, visit Data.

Search for a variable

You can search for a variable name, an issue or an area of interest. For example, you can search for the household population of an area.

  1. Use the Search for a variable name, an issue or an area of interest dialog box to enter your search criteria and the click the magnifying glass. Search

    The search results appear and can be refined depending on your selection.

    Source for the variables are indicated by the text in parentheses following the variable name, for example, Esri Data and United States Census.

    • For Color-Coded Maps, click the variable you want to use.
    • For Smart Map Search, once you've found the variable, check the check box to the left of the variable name and it is added to the Selected Variables.
      Selected variables

      You can add more variables with a limit of five.

      Hover the pointer over to access the variables to add, delete or map variables and save a variables list.

      With your variables selected, click Apply.
      Apply button

      To save your variables list, click Save. The Save Criteria List dialog box appears for you to name the list. Once saved, the list appears in Saved List.

      Saved list button

  2. The map appears with the selected variable applied with the geography level.

Browse

Using the Browse section in the Data Browser allows you to search for variables by category such as population, income and age. The Browse by Category buttons provide categories for further data searching.

The Web Map Data button provides variables in a loaded web map. If you have added a web map with variables that can be color-coded or used in a smart map search analysis then the data will be found here.

Note:

The Web Map Data variables are only shown when the web map is loaded on the map.

The Browse buttons at the bottom provide specific browsing that include:

  • My Data contains custom created variables and saved lists.
  • Favorites contains variables you have indicated as favorites with a yellow star.
  • By Source lists the variables categorized by source. You can indicate the source with the check boxes.
  • Show All lists all variables that are available.

  1. In the Data Browser dialog box, click one of the Browse by Category buttons to browse the categories.
    • Map a Popular Variable lists the top three popular variables. Clicking on a variable will map the variable.
    • Keep Browsing allows you to keep browsing by using the related categories.

      For Color-Coded Maps, click the variable you want to use.

      For Smart Map Search, once you've found the variable, check the check box to the left of the variable name and it is added to the Selected Variables.
      Selected variables

      You can add more variables with a limit of five.

      Click the Selected Variables arrow to to delete variables, map variables, and create a saved list.

      To refine your results

      You can refine your browsing results for the variables. Options vary depending on the variable but can include keyword, year, source, income and age. You can also indicate favorite variables by clicking on the star for the variable. The toggle variable toggle allows you to indicate how the data will be displayed in your results. For example, clicking the percentage button will display the numbers as a percentage. This toggle varies depending on the variable.

      With your variables selected, click Apply.

      Apply button

      To save your variables list, click Save. The Save Criteria List dialog box appears for you to name the list. Once saved, the list appears in Saved List.

      Saved list button

    • Other options allows you to see all of the variables for the category and create your own variable.
  2. The map appears with the selections that you've made.

Depending on your workflow, you can continue working with the variables on the map with Color-Coded Map details or Smart Map Search ranges.