Written by Catrina McDermott
Have you ever sat with some data and wanted to share it with a bunch of other data geeks? Well, have no fear, the twitter world of data is here! Data.world is a free online resource that may be used to share and obtain data.
Setting up an account is incredibly easy, all that is needed is an email and username. Prompts are put in place in order to further customize the type of data that is initially shown to the user, asking what types of information is most interesting to the new user.
After going through the initial set up, you’re prompted to begin following other users. Doing this will add stories to your main page, which also has a side bar with subjects of data available. All data is categorized by tags that are created by the user that input said data.
Similar to other interactive sites, the user has the option to publish data either to the general public, specific users, or just themselves if the information is still being worked on. The site accepts all forms of data, such as csv, json, and xml.
Data.world also has a connection with Tableau, where a user has the ability to take the data within the data.world website and create something more visually pleasing to show the information. Any data that is used with this connector is automatically updated daily to ensure that the information is up to date. Data added to this website may also be connected to google sheets, and OData.
Personally, I see this website as a great tool to get your name out into the data world. There is an option to work with other users and their own projects.
While I wouldn’t use this website as a means to store all personal datasets, it is a great resource for accessing and sharing with others. Getting your hands on data shouldn’t have to be a while goose chase. Creating an open and trendy format for the public to share data is the one goal of this site, and so far, they are succeeding.