Upload your data

You can upload and visualize your own data in Social Explorer. You will need to prepare a CSV file with the required information and upload it. SE has a built in geocoder so it will be able to turn addresses to points on the map.

  1. In the upper-right corner, click  and select Upload My Data.
  2. Click BROWSE to find the CSV file on your computer or drag your CSV file to the rectangle in the right-hand sidebar.

If your dataset has latitude and longitude columns:

If you have latitude and longitude columns in your dataset, you can skip the geocoding step and simply display the markers using given lat/lon data. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Lat & Long tab in the right-hand sidebar. 
  2. In the latitude column dropdown, select the name of the latitude column.
  3. In the longitude column dropdown, select the name of the longitude column.
  4. Click Add Layer

If your dataset has address columns:

If you only have address data (no lat/lon coordinates), we will have to geocode the addresses into coordinates. SE has a built-in geocoder that is very easy to use. Follow these steps: 

  1. Open the Geocode tab in the right-hand sidebar. 
  2. If you did not split addresses into multiple columns, check the box next to Full address is in a single column
  3. If your addresses are split into multiple columns, assign a column to each address element:  street address, city, state, ZIP code, county or all of the above. 
  4. Click Add Layer.

For a much more in-depth guide to uploading data, click here.