Xtraktr: Find, Share, Explore & Visualize Your Data

Overview

Dates: 
02/11/2015
Donor: 
JumpStart International
Open Society Foundations
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Xtraktr makes it easy to share and visualize survey data in any language. And it is free.

Xtraktr allows anyone to easily upload data files (think SPSS, STATA, R, and CSV) and to explore the data using visualizations that are shareable and embeddable.

Extract your data into bar charts, pie charts, time-seried line graphs, maps and then share them easily using social media, export them into raster and vector formats for further design, or embed them into other online web pages using the built-in embed feature.

Why we built Xtraktr?

Have you received funding to conduct a survey? We think you can do more with it than add a few graphs to a report that, in all honesty, few will take the time to read. It is time to do more with that data and extend its life long after the funding for your project has run out.

Since we began visualizing the news in 2009, we have become aware that many organizations have data that nobody knows about. Usually, a few interesting conclusions drawn from the data are included in a report, but the data itself is put away and often disappears altogether. This is not good. There have been many times we have investigated an issue only to find out a year after we published that an organization had possessed interesting data on that issue. Imagine if a web search had enabled us to easily find it?

Too many organizations miss opportunities to extend the life and value of their raw data by shelving it after they have added the juicy bits to their reports. Why not extend the life of your dataset beyond your project and get the information in the hands that can use and reuse it to make a difference? Who knows what value your data can give to public discourse!

Xtraktr makes sharing your data easy. Xtraktr exposes your data so people can find it, explore it, use it, and ensure it has value long after your project has ended.

Xtraktr was built to make data truly accessible. Is your data in a language that makes it truly accessible to your audiences? If not, use Xtraktr to translate it into as many language you need. It provides a useful framework, supported by an easy-to-use administration panel, to translate the questions, answers, and content of your dataset so anyone can use it. Once translated, it can be downloaded in that language.

We've tried to make the administration panel as easy to use as possible so far, though a lot of work remains to be done. Editing a dataset, questions, and answers is straight forward. You can edit one thing at a time, or make mass edits via exportable templates, as with the languages. Adding weights and making variables mappable is straight forward.

Finally, for programmers, every dataset and its analysis results are accessible as raw, structured data via the application programming interface (API). This is most useful for panel data, as programmers can write programs or create their own interactive visualizations that update automatically when a new dataset is added to the WMS, for example.

How can you get Xtraktr?

Xtraktr is open-source software that anyone can use for free. However, you can also use, free of charge, JumpStart's existing online version at http://xtraktr.jumpstart.ge.

If you want to get involved in helping us develop Xtraktr, please contact us via info@jumpstart.ge or via github.

Who helped us build Xtraktr?

JumpStart started working on Xtraktr at an ePanstwo Foundation hackathon in Gdansk in 2014. Following the hackathon, we continued to work on it slowly. At the end of 2014, UNICEF Georgia partnered with JumpStart to build a system designed to make their survey data public and thus enabled funding to continue on Xtraktr while adding features specifically for their needs. JumpStart Georgia could not have built Xtraktr without the long-term financial support of the Open Society Foundations and JumpStart International. JumpStart has contributed and continues to contribute much of its own resources to add new features to Xtraktr.

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