Adding Data through URL

Availability Note. This feature is only available on Arcadia and SQLite connections.

The following steps demonstrate how to add a data file through URL. These files are typically in *.json format.

The files may be comma-delimited, or use other delimiting characters. This exercise uses the data from the downloadable table state-area.csv import data into [data source samples.state_area].

  1. On the main navigation bar, click Data.

    Click DATA on main nav

    The Data view appears, open on the Datasets tab.

    Main landing page of DATA
  2. Click the Add Data button.

    Add Data button

    The Add Data modal window appears.

  3. In the Add Data modal window, select the URL option, add the address of the file to the text window, and click Get Data.

    In our case,

    Add Data: URL, enter path to file
    Add Data from File Modal Window
  4. In the main area, under Imported File: https://data.cityofchicago.org/resource/tt4n-kn4t.json, ensure that your data is configured correctly before confirming its import:

    1. Under Database, specify the databse. Here, we used documentation. Alternatively, select another database.
    2. Under Table Name, specify city_chicago_staff. The system typically assigns a numerical suffix that you can remove.
    3. The Arcadia Instant makes an attempt to detect the Column Delimiter used in the source file. In this case, the column delimiter is Comma, but it can also be Tab, Space, Semicolon, Colon, Pipe, Control A, or Other. Make the necessary adjustments to this field.
    4. Under Locale Setting, which is the default for your system, you can select one of the common options: United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, or Other. Selecting Other brings up a separate menu where you can select another supported locale. See Changing the Locale Setting of an Imported File.
    5. Under Options, select the data clean-up tasks that Arcadia Instant provides prior to data import. These include File contains headers, Use comma as decimal mark, Fill missing columns, Skip malformed rows, and Use '\' as escape character. Note that Arcadia Instant can detect many items automatically, such as the presence of header rows.
    6. In the Data Table preview, each column of the table appears with its data type and name. Arcadia Instant detects the data type automatically, but you can change it in this interface prior to import. For example, you may wish to store numerical categories as strings. The data types are Boolean, Integer, Real, String, and Timestamp.
    7. [Optional] You may select to change the name of the table column before importing.

    confirming the data OK to import
    Confirming Data Configuration Before Import
  5. Click Apply Changes to ensure that all adjustments you made (file name, data type, name change, and so on) register.

    Applying changes to data file before import
    Applying Changes Before Import
  6. Click Confirm Import.

    Confirming data file import
    Confirming Data Import
  7. Click Confirm Import.

    confirming the data import
    Confirming Data Configuration Before Import
  8. To verify that the data has been imported correctly into your system, check the Connection Explorer interface. Note that the city_chicago_staff table is visible in our connection.

    confirming the data import
    Data file in Connection Explorer