This is the third in a series of blogs about what’s new in Business Analyst 10.1.
New in Business Analyst 10.1 are some improvements to the process by which you import your custom datasets. The key to these improvements centers around “metadata” or “data about your data”. Now this isn’t data about data structure. It’s data about data content.
Wikipedia has a great entry on this subject.
For example, here’s some metadata for the data variable ‘2011 Total Population’ in the standard US dataset for Business Analyst.
<Summarization name=”TOTPOP_CY” FieldName=”TOTPOP_CY” dataset=”2011 Updated Demographics (Esri)” aliasname=”2011 Total Population” basetype=”POPWGT10″ SummaryType=”SUM” WeightField=”" category=”2011 Population (Esri)” previewvalue=”37461001″ longdescription=”2011 Total Population (Esri)” groupings=”2011/2016 Demographics (Esri)” varYear=”2011″> <Defaults decimals=”0″ percentage=”" valueType=”COUNT” indexable=”False” /> </Summarization>
This information tells Business Analyst how to display this value (both format and in which category), how to describe it (long description), and how to summarize it (for custom trade areas). In Business Analyst, information about all data content appears in BDS (Business Analyst Datasource) files.
In Business Analyst 10.0 when you import your custom data, you can access some of these metadata properties by changing to Advanced Mode in the Custom Data Setup. But, it requires filling these properties in manually… which can be laborious for datasets with lots of variables.
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