Data Browser

The Data Browser window allows you to search and browse for data by category that you can use for color-coded maps, smart map search analysis, and custom infographics and reports. You can open the Data Browser window from categories in Color-Coded Maps and Smart Map Search, and it is also used to add variables when creating custom report templates, infographics templates, and comparison reports.

To learn about the available data, see Data.

Search the Data Browser.
Note:

If you have added custom data, or others in your organization have shared data with you, they will be shown under separate tabs. See Custom and shared data.

Browse variables

To find variables within the currently selected tab, click any of the thumbnails to browse variables within it—for example, Behaviors.

Search within the Behaviors category.
  • You can perform a search within the current category.
  • You can click on any of the Popular variables to select it.
  • Hover over More information More information next to a variable to view more information about it, including:
    • Source—The source of the variable—for example, US Census 2020.
    • Source info—The name of the variable in the source dataset, or the calculation used to determine the value.
    • Percent Base—The variable used as the base to calculate the percent value, when the Percent toggle button is selected.
    • Index Type—The type of index, when the Index toggle button is selected. There are 3 types of indexes:
      • Index of value—The variable value for the area divided by the variable value for the entire country. For example, the Index for Average Household Size is calculated by dividing the Average Household Size value for the specific area by the Average Household Size for the country.
      • Index of percent value—The variable percentage for the area divided by the variable percentage for the entire country. For example, the Index of Households that Own 2+ Dogs is calculated by dividing the percentage of Households that Own 2+ Dogs in the specific area by the percentage of Households that Own 2+ Dogs at the country level.
      • Index of average value—The variable average for the area divided by the variable average for the entire country. For example, the Index of Health Care Spending is calculated by dividing the average household Health Care Spending in the specific area by the average household Health Care Spending at the country level.
  • To view variables in a subcategory, click on any of the options under Keep browsing.
    View Health & Personal Care variables.
  • Click the Show all 'Behaviors' variables option to view a list of all variables in this category.
  • Click the Create your own 'Behaviors' variable option to launch Create Custom Variable. Refine results further by keyword.

You have the following additional options:

  • Saved variables—Your previously saved variables, including custom variables.
  • Favorite—The variables you have marked as favorites.
  • By source—Refine results further by data source—for example, Esri, U.S. Census, American Community Survey (ACS), and so on.
  • Show All—A complete list of all available variables. Refine results further by year, gender, race, source, and so on.
    Show all available variables.
  • The Map Layers button provides variables loaded from the web map. If you have added a web map with variables that can be color-coded or used in a smart map search analysis, the data will be found here.
    Map Layers button
    Note:

    The Map Layers variables are only shown when the web map or layer is currently loaded on the map.

  • The Site Attributes button is only available when the Data Browser is opened within the Build Infographics and Build Reports workflows. It provides the site attributes that can be used as variables, and to create custom variables. This includes attributes from point layers that you added using the Web Maps and Layers workflow and then converted into sites, and site attributes included or customized when you created the project.
    Site attributes icon

Search

You can search across all three tabs for a variable name, an issue, or an area of interest.

Use the Search for a variable name, an issue or an area of interest dialog box to enter your search criteria and click the Search button Search. For example, you can search for variables related to rent.

Search rent

The search results appear and can be refined depending on your selection—for example, by year or source.

Source or category for the variables is indicated by the text in parentheses following the variable name—for example, (U. S. Census) or (ACS).

Select variables and save lists

When selecting a variable, the toggle button 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 button varies depending on the variable.

For Color-Coded Maps, the variable you select will be immediately applied to the map.

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

You can add more variables up to a limit of five. When you're finished, click Apply. You can click Selected Variables to access variables to add, delete, or map variables and save a variables list. To save your variables list, click Save. The Save Criteria dialog box appears. Name the list and click Save. Once saved, the list appears in the Saved List.

Three Selected Variables

When creating custom report templates, infographic templates, and comparison reports, you will use the Data Browser in the Add Variables dialog box to select variables. Of these three workflows, you have the option to create and save variables lists only when creating a custom comparison report.

Save List

Custom and shared data

If you have added custom data, or others in your organization have shared data with you, they will be shown under separate tabs.

On the Standard data tab, you can access the data that comes with Business Analyst Web App. Custom data you have added will be available under the My data tab. Under Data shared with me, you can access the data others in your organization have shared with you. You can browse within the currently selected tab. The experience will be the same as described above under Browse variables.

Performing a search will return results across all available tabs.

Search for variables in the Data Browser window.
Note:

The My data tab is only shown when you have added custom data.

The Data shared with me tab is only shown when others in your organization have shared data with you.