Step 1: Create a new data set

What is a data set?

When you upload .csv files to the platform, we will store them in something that we call a data set. Multiple .csv files can be added to the same data set. You can have multiple data sets as well, for example:

  • One collection where the .csv file(s) contain the tracked position of people during an exhibition

  • One collection where the .csv file(s) contain GPS records of cars

In this case, you would end up with a data set on the platform for each of those .csv file collections.

See this article for more information about data sets.

You can upload both .csv and .csv.gz files

The platform also accepts gzipped csv files. This enables you to first compress each individual file before uploading them to the platform, saving storage and upload time.

Each file needs to be zipped individually.

Step 1.1: 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 page shows an overview of all existing data sets and enables you to create new ones.

and then on the CREATE NEW DATA SET button in the top right corner of the Data sets overview page.

Figure 2. Create a new data set using the button in the top-right corner of the data sets page.

Step 1.2: Define your data set including the name, data type, and description

Fill in the form to provide a name and description for your data set, for example:

  • Name: US Coast Guard AIS data 2020

  • Data type: Choose Movement Data as this data comes from vessels that are moving

  • Describes what is moving: Here you describe what exactly is tracked in your data set. Examples are persons, vessels, airplanes. In this case use vessels

  • Description:

    AIS data from the US Coast guard downloaded from
    <a href="https://coast.noaa.gov/htdata/CMSP/AISDataHandler/2020/index.html">this website</a>.

    Note how you can use HTML tags to improve the description.

    As the AIS data from this tutorial contains the locations of ships, vessels is an appropriate choice. This name will be displayed in the UI elements of the different analytics pages, such as the Visual analytics page.

Figure 3. The completed form to create the data set.

Once you filled in everything, press the CREATE DATA SET button.

This will bring you to the multistep page where you need to provide all other required information.

Figure 4. After creating the empty data set, you get redirected to this page.

Each of the steps you will need to do next is represented by an item in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Figure 5. The navigation bar, currently positioned at the "Configure data properties" step.

You see that the first step "General settings" is already completed. If you click on it, a page opens where you can adjust the name, description and tracked asset type we just filled in.

Figure 6. The navigation bar after clicking on the General settings button.

Clicking on the different steps in the navigation bar on the top allows you to go back and forth, or do the steps out-of-order. Steps that are not possible to complete before another will be disabled.

Next part

Go to the next part: Step 2: Define data structure