Product Update: A New, Improved Data Library

LiveStories is proud to introduce some big improvements to our data library. Our library gives you access to thousands of indicators, from which you can instantly create interactive charts. Now, those charts are no longer limited to showing comparisons between locations, like states or counties. You can now compare data by race, by age, by income, or by any other dimensions (categories of characteristics) included in the data—or two dimensions at once.

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There’s plenty of other improvements, too. Indicators now include margin of error (when available), which can be presented on charts. We’ve published much more granular data from the American Community Survey, including 1-year estimates and 5-year Census Tract-level data. We’ve augmented the way the library shows you metadata, such as measure units and source information, for a less cluttered, more informative user experience. Finally, when you place a data library chart in a story, you can now edit that chart directly from the story editor.

Here’s a look at some of these changes in more detail:

New Dimensions for Comparison

Previously, exploring an indicator looked like the screenshot below. You could only create charts that compared locations like states, counties, and cities.

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When you wanted to filter data, you clicked on the indicator title to open a tab:

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Now, exploring indicators is based on a completely revamped design. The DATA tab is where you can select what data to display: dimensions, filters, and measures.

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You can now compare across things that are not locations, like Ages, Sex, and Race. (You can change what values are displayed in the “Filters” panel, which is below the “Dimensions” panel).

You can also compare across two dimensions at the same time: for example, the first chart on this post shows data compared across sex (male and female) and across states (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Oregon).

New Presentation Options

If you want to change how the data gets displayed, click on the DISPLAY tab. Here, you can change what chart type you’re looking at, and the axis labels, and other presentation-related aspects.

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Over the next few weeks, we'll be introducing several more incremental changes to the platform. These design changes are driven by valuable feedback we’ve heard from you, our customers. If you have any suggestions—or if you’d like to participate in our design panel—we’d love to hear from you! Email design@livestories.com and we’ll be in touch.