What are data sets?

A data set is the resource that will contain your location data (.csv files). You create a new data set for each collection of .csv files with location records you have.

For example, one data set can contain .csv files with GPS records of cars. Another data set could contain people’s location during an indoor event.

How to create a new data set

Step 1: Navigate to the 'New data set' page

by first clicking on the Data sets button in the left navigation bar

Figure 1. The Data sets button in the navigation bar

and then on the Create new data set button in the top right corner of the Data sets page.

Figure 2. The Create new data set button in the top right corner

Step 2: Create the data set

by specifying the Name, the Data type, the Asset or entity type and the Description.

  • The Name is used in the UI when we need to refer to that layer. This is a good location to add some more details about this data set.

  • The Data type of the data set indicates what kind of data set you want to create. This depends on the data you want to upload. The different types of data sets article explains the differences between the different types. You can choose between:

    • Movement Data (Locations, time stamps, and attributes in CSV files for things or people that move)

    • Time Series Data (temporal data in CSV files for fixed shapes defined as points, lines, or polygons in GeoJSON files)

    • GeoJSON Data (GeoJSON files without time information)

  • You have to describe either What is moving or What your shapes represent. Examples are persons, vessels, airplanes for things that move, or devices, sensors, areas for shapes that remain in place. This name will be visible on the analytics pages.

  • The optional description is shown on the overview page with all the data sets.

Figure 3. The form to create a data set

Once you have filled in the form, press the Create data set button.

Figure 4. The Create data set button
You can use HTML tags in the description

The description supports a subset of HTML tags. You can for example use it to

  • add links in the description using the <a> tag

  • make parts of the description stand out by typesetting them in bold (<b>) or italics (<i>)

Step 3: Upload your CSV and GeoJSON files to the data set

At this point, the data set is created, but it doesn’t contain any location data yet.

You need to upload your .csv and .geojson files to the data set before you can do anything useful with it.