Release Notes

Latest developments on our data communication solution.


Release 04.16.2019

What’s New

  • Added information about the LiveStories version of each indicator to the “About this Indicator” screen.

  • New indicator: Year Structure Built from ACS table DP04.

  • New data set: The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard from the California Department of Public Health.

Fixed

  • Fixed a problem with charts not drawing correctly using Internet Explorer 11.

  • Fixed a problem that caused a chart that was placed in a story via a dashboard to appear blank.

  • Fixed a problem that sometime caused line chart benchmark labels to draw over the top of other labels.

  • Fixed a problem with the filter picker that prevented selecting certain combinations of nested filters.


Release 04.02.2019

What’s New

  • Added census tract data for all ACS S- and DP- tables.

  • New indicator: Total and Percent of Workers 16-64 Who Worked Full-Time, Year-Round from ACS table S2303.

  • New indicator: Weekly Hours Worked from BLS Current Employment Statistics.

  • New indicator: Hourly Earnings from BLS Current Employment Statistics.

  • New indicator: Veterans from ACS table S2101.

  • New indicator: Population with a Disability from ACS table S1801.

  • New indicator: Obesity Prevalence from the CDC County Data Indicators.

  • New indicator: Social & Economic Factors from County Health Rankings.

  • New indicator: Teenagers Not in School or Labor Force from ACS table S0902.

  • New data set: US Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP) from the CDC.

  • New indicator: Population: by Urbanicity from the US Decennial Census.

Fixed

  • Corrected a scaling issue with metadata for ACS table B25070.

  • Fixed another problem that sometimes caused quarterly labels to display dates as “201403” instead of “Mar 2014” on some charts.

  • Fixed a problem with the time picker that sometimes presented years not present in the data set, and omitted years that are present.

  • Fixed a problem with the “Compare Across” picker that incorrectly prevented some combinations.

  • Fixed significant figure usage in value chart and donut chart.

  • Corrected a scaling issue with metadata for ACS table B05010.

  • Relocated the “kebab” menu so it doesn’t interfere so much with the underlying chart.

  • Fixed a problem that prevented the time picker selection from being honored.

  • Fixed the way units and scale are combined when labeling charts. Now correctly shows “60B Dollars” instead of “60M Thousands of Dollars”.

  • Downloading a story as a pdf will never again cause a “took too long to respond” error.


Release 03.19.2019

What’s New

  • New indicator: Selected Characteristics of Health Insurance Coverage from ACS table S2701.

  • Mosaic portals now support downloading charts as PNG.

  • New data set: Patient Origin/Market Share - Inpatient, Emergency Department, and Ambulatory Surgery from the California Health and Human Services Agency.

  • New data set: Hospital Inpatient - Characteristics by Facility from the California Health and Human Services Agency.

  • Added a new chart type, the measure value chart, for showing single numbers and direction of most-recent change.


Fixed

  • Renamed Pakistan province “Federal Capital Territory” to “Islamabad Capital Territory.”

  • Fixed a problem where some table views did not display all rows.

  • Corrected the year attribution of data sets from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data.

  • Fixed a problem with Internet Explorer 11 drawing maps containing locations with apostrophes in their names.

  • Corrected some ACS metadata representing median values.

  • Put the name of the location back into auto-generated chart titles.


Release 03.05.2019

What’s New

  • New data set: Utilization of Selected Medical Procedures from the California Health and Human Services Agency.

  • New data set: Inpatient Medical Procedures from the California Health and Human Services Agency.

  • New data set: US Opioid Prescribing Rate Maps from the CDC.

Fixed

  • Fixed a problem that sometimes caused quarterly labels to display dates as “201403” instead of “Mar 2014”.

  • The story summary field is now empty by default when a new story is created.

  • Fixed a problem that prevented charts in portals from being downloaded as .csv files.

  • Fixed a problem that caused some portal tiles to incorrectly display “No data for this selection.”

  • Fixed a problem with ACS Table B01001 where the dimensions were swapped.

  • Brought back ACS Table B19083, the Gini Index of Income Inequality.

  • Fixed a problem where map chart colors draw over the top of labels. The labels are now always above the colors.


Release 02.19.2019

What’s New

  • Added additional indicators to the data set California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) from the California Department of Education.

  • The story author can now control the presence or absence of the explanatory footer on charts.

Fixed

  • Fixed a problem that prevented charts from being downloaded as .PNG files.

  • Value chart arrows now work correctly when the data series contains negative values.


Release 02.05.2019

What’s New

  • Added 2017 data to the ACS.

  • Added 2017 data to the CDC Wonder mortality data.

  • Added Drug Overdose Deaths indicator to the CDC Wonder mortality data.

  • Time picker now allows selection of “most recent” time period. This allows construction of charts that will auto-update when new data is published.

Fixed

  • Corrected quarterly SME finance data from the State Bank of Pakistan to use source dates as quarter end rather than quarter start.

  • Fixed a problem where chart titles sometimes overlapped with the top of the y-axis.

  • Fixed a problem that caused grouped bar chart tick mark labels to improperly truncate.

  • Fixed a problem that cut off some horizontal bar chart x-axis labels.


Release 01.22.2019

What’s New

  • New data set: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) from the California Department of Education.

  • New data set: County Health Status Profiles from the California Department of Public Health.

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue that prevented custom ordering of certain bar charts.

  • Corrected data filtering behavior when filtering on the compared dimension.


Release 12.25.2018

What’s New

  • New data set: Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey.

  • New indicators based on ACS tables:

    • S0101

    • S1501

    • S1701

    • S2301

    • S2503

    • DP03

    • DP04

    • DP05

  • Added new Average Annual Pay measures to the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data set.

  • New data set: Illinois Report Card from the Illinois Board of Education.

  • New data set: CURES from the California Department of Justice.

Fixed

  • Two-dimensional charts now always display the two chosen dimensions in the intended order.

  • Corrected the layout of the grouped bar chart so that the legend is always visible.

  • The line chart now correctly highlights only the intended lines.

  • Navigation anchors now work correctly in conjunction with custom headers.

  • Corrected a problem that prevented adding charts from dashboards to stories.

  • Added missing dimensions to ACS indicator Employment: by Sex, Usual Hours, and Weeks Worked.


Release 12.11.2018

What’s New

  • New indicators based on ACS table S0801: “Travel Time to Work: by Sex” and “Transportation to Work: by Sex.”

  • New data set: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis FRED Economic Research - Migration

  • New data set: Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics.

  • New data set: Bureau of the Census Quarterly Workforce Indicators.

Fixed

  • Corrected a problem with line chart highlights.

  • The barbell chart, bubble chart, and heat map chart now use the correct number of significant figures for axis labels.

  • The barbell chart time period legend now works correctly on IE11 and Edge.

  • The barbell chart now gracefully handles long labels.

  • The barbell chart now handles labels correctly when there are many rows.


Release 11.27.2018

What’s New

  • New data set: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis FRED Economic Research

  • Added additional Major Occupation dimension to BLS OES indicators.

  • New indicator: Labor Force added to BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics.

  • New data set: Gross Sales Taxes from the Illinois Department of Revenue.

  • New data set: Sales and Related Taxes from the Illinois Department of Revenue.

  • New data set: US State Patenting by Region from the US Department of Commerce.

  • New data set: County Business Patterns from the US Bureau of the Census.

Fixed

  • Downloading chart data as CSV works for all chart configurations.

  • Fixed a problem that prevented certain CSV files from correctly uploading.

  • Corrected some dimensions in the State Bank of Pakistan Branchless Banking data set.

  • Corrected some observations in Teledensity indicator from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

  • Fixed a problem that caused stories hosted in custom domains to render some charts incorrectly.

  • Corrected some observations in Mobile Money Usage indicator from Financial Inclusion Insights.

  • Fixed a problem that caused some maps to display a message saying “Missing Mapbox GL JS CSS.”

  • Bar charts now draw correctly on IE11 and Edge.


Release 11.13.2018

What’s New

  • New Consumer Complaints indicator added to data set: Telecom indicators from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

  • Added CBSA data to the Bureau of Economic Analysis REA GDP indicators.

Fixed

  • Indicator Outstanding Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing now includes all dimension instances.

  • Indicator Literacy from Labour Force Statistics now correctly shows the breakdown between rural, urban, and total.

  • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority indicator Broadband Subscribers now includes data for the total across all technologies.

  • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority indicator Telecom Investment now correctly shows units as US Dollars.

  • The filter editor now prompts you to save your changes if you press the back button while unsaved changes are pending.

  • Grouped bar chart bars now have a maximum width.

  • The map chart now zooms properly to show exactly the selected data.

  • Indicator Accounts by Province in Branchless Banking now includes data for the total across all provinces.


Release 10.30.2018

What’s New

  • Map charts now can zoom in to show streets.

Fixed

  • Map charts now show census places correctly.

  • Map charts now show boundaries and “no data” hover text for map regions with no data.

  • Stories now render using Internet Explorer 11.

  • The horizontal bar chart now correctly displays benchmarks.

  • The story edit now correctly auto-saves all text edits.


Release 10.17.2018

What’s New

  • New data set: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Fixed

  • Table charts now use all their allotted space when placed in stories.

  • Line charts now handle very long labels sensibly.


Release 10.02.2018

What’s New

  • New data set: State Bank of Pakistan Agricultural Loans.

  • New data set: California Health and Human Services Breastfeeding Initiative.

Fixed

  • Data sets larger than 1MB now upload correctly.

  • The heading on the indicator browser page now shows the correct date range for the selected indicators.

  • The radar chart now correctly draws data series containing exactly one data point.

  • The line chart now correctly draws data series containing exactly one data point.

  • A user who has been invited but not yet registered who tries to reset a password will now receive a new emailed invitation.

  • The hover behavior for the radar chart has changed to show only the value of the selected data point instead of the entire series.

  • The hover behavior for the line chart has changed to show only the value of the selected data point instead of the entire series.

  • When navigating back to the indicator browser via the browser back button, previously selected filters now remain selected.


Release 9.18.2018

What’s New

  • New data set: California Health and Human Services Agency Medi-Cal Dental Measures.

  • New data set: California Health and Human Services Agency Medi-Cal Certified Eligible Counts.

  • New data set: California Health and Human Services Agency Physicians and Surgeons by Gender.

  • New data set: California Health and Human Services Agency Hospital Emergency Department Patient Characteristics.

  • Updated data set: The CDC Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System data now includes 2017 data.

Fixed

  • The spelling of data set names is now cleaned up and standardized.

  • The measure names given as choices for what to view in the chart editor are now clearer and have had redundancy removed.


Release 9.4.2018

What’s New

  • The auto-update feature for Google Sheets has been modified to update twice a day, now at midnight and 7AM pacific time.

  • You can now embed Tableau visualizations in LiveStories.

Fixed

  • Hovering over a bar on a horizontal bar chart now always shows a comparison.

  • The location filter picker now correctly shows all US Census “places.”

  • Saved charts now always show all the locations they are configured to show.

  • When a bar in a bar chart has a value of 0, it will now be labeled and will show hover text.

  • When a line in a line chart has all values of 0, it will now render.

  • Bubble charts now correctly display negative values.

  • Column sums now round correctly.

  • When saving a chart to a new story, the screen will now properly refresh.

  • All charts in published stories can now be downloaded as .png and shared via Twitter.

  • Line chart x-axis labels now always label the endpoint tick marks.


What’s New

  • The auto-update feature for Google Sheets has been modified to update twice a day, now at midnight and 7AM pacific time.

  • You can now embed Tableau visualizations in LiveStories.

Fixed

  • Hovering over a bar on a horizontal bar chart now always shows a comparison.

  • The location filter picker now correctly shows all US Census “places.”

  • Saved charts now always show all the locations they are configured to show.

  • When a bar in a bar chart has a value of 0, it will now be labeled and will show hover text.

  • When a line in a line chart has all values of 0, it will now render.

  • Bubble charts now correctly display negative values.

  • Column sums now round correctly.

  • When saving a chart to a new story, the screen will now properly refresh.

  • All charts in published stories can now be downloaded as .png and shared via Twitter.

  • Line chart x-axis labels now always label the endpoint tick marks.


Release 8.21.2018

What’s New

  • Charts now communicate when selected data is not present.

 

Fixed

  • All percentage measures now properly display a range of 0-100. 

  • Location filter choices are now honored by all chart types. 

  • CSAs and MSAs can now be selected from the whole country, not just a single state at a time. 

  • All maps can now be downloaded as PNG. 


Release 8.07.2018

What’s New

  • New data set: BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

  • Modified data set: CDC fluoridation status for Texas now uses new definition of “optimally fluoridated.” 

  • Hovering over a data point on a line chart now also displays the x-axis label. 

 

Fixed

  • Bar chart bars now have a maximum width. 

  • LiveStories City Public Health report and Opioid Report no longer hang the web browser. 

  • Changing the focal location now correctly changes the old location to the new location, instead of adding the new location to the old one.

  • Source name for the Refugee Arrival Data data set is now correctly “Office of Refugee Resettlement.” 

  • Map legends now render correctly. 

  • When displayed in a selection list, city names and county names now also include state name for disambiguation. 

  • Various hyperlinks now support the browser’s context menu (for example, Open in New Tab, Open in New Window). 

  • When picking a Google Sheet to upload as a data set, only Google Sheets are presented as possibilities. 


Release 7.24.2018

What’s New

  • New data set: County Health Rankings from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. 

  • New data set: CDC fluoridation status for Texas. 

  • New data set: Pakistan labor force statistics from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 

  • New data set: Pakistan payment systems data from the State Bank of Pakistan. 

 

Fixed

  • Downloading a story as a pdf no longer gives a “took too long to respond” error.

  • The filter panel on the left side of the indicator browser now scrolls properly. 

  • Census tract maps for California and Texas now render correctly. 

  • Hover text hot spot on line chart x-axis is now larger and easier to hit.

  • Indicators with data from non-consecutive years are now displayed correctly. 

  • All data sets can now be correctly previewed. 

  • Line chart legends and x-axis labels no longer overlap. 

  • The featured indicator on the indicator browser page now links through to a chart.


Release: 7.10.2017

What's New

  • New indicator: CDC Wonder: Motor Vehicle Accidents. 

  • New data set: USDA Food Access Research Atlas 2015, for census tract.

  • New data set: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics.

  • Drawing the x-axis of various charts now includes major and minor tick marks, and hover text that shows the label for each tick mark. 

  • Links to Esri maps now always use https. 

  • Links to YouTube videos always suppress YouTube’s showing suggested videos. 

 

Fixed

  • The year choices presented when choosing a date range are now always in chronological order. 

  • All ACS indicators now correctly show 5-year estimates for 2011-2015 and 2012-2016, when available. 

  • Rendering a published story with Internet Explorer 11 will no longer sometimes cause a blank page. 

  • Sorting a stacked bar chart in descending order now correctly sorts. 

  • The donut chart now always renders correctly and also shows error data, when available. 

  • The button to show more details about an indicator is now an info icon. 

  • The year filter in the indicator browser now shows only the years available in the indicators. 

  • Quarterly time period labels now render correctly in Firefox. 

  • Pakistani rupees are now labeled as PKR. 

  • “Non-Bank Financial Institutions: Accounts” indicator is now properly represented as a percentage.

  • Rendering a chart that has been added to a dashboard or a story will no longer sometimes cause a blank chart. 

  • Months are now labeled correctly in a downloaded CSV file. 

  • Census place names are now user-friendly (for example, “Chicago” instead of “Chicago city”). 

  • Maps now render correctly in downloaded PDFs. 

  • When the target location changes, the benchmark choices now correctly sync. 

  • All source dimensions are now present on all BRFSS indicators. 

  • The “No data for this selection” placard no longer temporarily appears when viewing indicators that do have data. 

  • Findex data now renders correctly on a world map. 

  • The radar chart now correctly handles negative values. 

  • Navigation anchors are now consistently referred to as navigation anchors. 

  • In the indicator browser, the indicator cards now always correctly show the available dates. 

  • When the target location changes, filter settings are now preserved. 

  • Story URLs no longer ever contain tokens. 

  • Income dimensions now sort properly. 


Release: 6.19.2018

What’s New

  • The Data Library indicator browser “Source” menu now shows both sources and data sets.

  • New data sets:

    • USDA Food Environment Atlas 2015, for county and state. 

    • National Survey on Drug Use and Health from SAMHSA. 

    • Global Findex Database 2017 from the World Bank. 

    • Pakistan census data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 

    • Pakistan data from Financial Inclusion Insights. 

    • Quarterly Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing from the State Bank of Pakistan. 

    • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Indicators. 

 

Fixed

  • Tables in stories no longer cause errors or render as blank spaces. 

  • Repeatedly selecting the same chart type will not cause the chart to grow in size. 

  • Bar charts with custom ordering now always preserve and honor the custom ordering. 

  • The Social Vulnerability Index indicators now show data from any available location. 

  • Line charts now always show labels for the charted data. 

  • Copying a story containing custom data sets will no longer cause errors or render blank spaces.

  • Donut charts no longer have scrollbars when placed in stories.

  • Users can now set the maximum height on a chart with two y axes.

  • Google search results now show text from the story summary. 

  • Benchmarking choices now show states by name, not as “undefined.” 

  • Users can now download a map chart as a PNG.

  • “Add Chart to Story” list of candidate stories no longer includes stories in the trash.

  • After you edit a chart by changing the data set, the “Save” button will not disappear.

  • Charts now correctly handle negative values. 


Release: 6.05.2018

What's New

  • Added a new chart type for the Data Library: radar chart (aka spider chart).

Fixed

  • CSV files can now be downloaded from a map chart. 

  • Renamed “country” to “nation" to avoid confusion with "county."

  • Renamed “Combined CBSA” to “Combined Statistical Area."

  • “Select Neighboring Counties” now works for all counties.

  • Download PNG and CSV functionality is now present when editing a chart inside a story. 

  • Data Library charts no longer have scrollbars when embedded in SquareSpace. 

  • “About this Indicator” card now only shows a “More…” link if there is more information available. 


Release: 5.22.2018

Fixed

  • After providing a custom ordering for chart labels, the ordering now persists. Changing the custom ordering will not cause the old ordering to reset. 

  • Grouped bar chart x-axis label is now the name of the displayed dimension. 

  • Y-axis measure label no longer overlaps the y-axis legend labels. 

  • Data Library charts do not have scrollbars when placed in stories. 

  • It is now possible to clone a story containing a Data Library chart. 

  • Long legend labels now wrap instead of truncating. 

  • “About this Indicator” now shows correct metadata. 


Release: 5.7.2018

What’s New:

  • Data library charts can now be edited directly after they have been placed in stories.

  • Data library charts now support showing multiple dimensions—such as different races, or different age groups, or different income levels—on a single chart.

  • Data library charts now support error bars (when error data is available).

  • The data library has been reorganized: indicator names are now more natural, and dimensions are properly structured. All of the old data and metadata is still present, and existing stories will work as-is with no changes.

  • Added a new chart type for the data library: full-featured table.

  • Added a new chart type for the data library: grouped bar chart.

  • American Community Survey (ACS) data is now current through 2016.

  • ACS data now has full geographical resolution—down to census tract.

  • ACS data now includes 1-year estimates along with 5-year estimates.

 

Fixed:

  • Rate measures no longer allow choice of donut chart.

  • Opioid chart titles no longer have extraneous words.

  • Selecting responses on BRFSS indicators that have more complex options than yes/no now works as expected.

  • Map legend is easier to read.

  • Control over chart axis labels are now part of the chart, not part of sharing.

  • Charts in stories now grow vertically to fill allotted space.

  • Chart y-axis now has unit labels.

  • Indicator metadata now informs choice of chart types.

  • Map timeline no longer overlaps legend on mobile.

  • When the x-axis of a line chart is a date, users can now chart multiple lines.

  • Animation speed is now faster.

  • “Add chart to story” is now highlighted on the UI as the primary workflow.

  • If users choose a combination of dimensions and location that have no observations, they will see a message indicating that there is no data for that combination.

  • Downloaded library CSV files no longer use internal LiveStories encodings.

  • Barbell, heat, and bubble charts now show benchmarks.

  • Line charts using county data can now benchmark against the U.S. value.

  • Number formatting is now consistent across chart types.

  • Highlight now highlights the label and the bar, not just the bar.

  • Initial map view now zooms to show all compared cities.

  • Map legend color choices and viewed data now match.

  • Bar charts now support highlighting multiple bars.