Help Documents

The help documents are a series of documents to assist the public in using the data portal as a self service tool.

How to Use the Catalog

The catalog on the Iowa Data Portal is the key tool to find information you are interested in.  It allows for searching, filtering, and sorting of available data assets, which is important as the number of assets available to the public continues to grow.  This help document discusses how to use the catalog to find the information you are interested in.

How to Create an Account

Creating an account on the Iowa Data Portal allows individuals to create derived assets (e.g., filtered views, charts and maps) on the data portal using data published by state agencies, and set notifications.  This help document discusses how to create an account.

How to Create a Filtered View

Many times it is necessary to filter or aggregate a dataset, or highlight specific records within a dataset to help answer more specific questions related to data.  This help document walks through the process of creating a filtered view.

How to Create a Chart

Interactive charts can help you more easily understand the data published by state agencies, and answer specific questions you have.  This help document walks through the process of creating and configuring a chart that is always current with the underlying data.

How to Create a Map

Interactive maps can help you more easily communicate location and spatial characteristics of data published by state agencies.  This help document walks through the process of creating and configuring a map that is always current with the underlying data.