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A distribution is a representation of a dataset. For example, a dataset can be available through both an API and as a CSV file at the same time, meaning that the dataset has two different distributions. There is no limit on the number of distributions per dataset, but there shouold not be more than one distribution with the same content and file format for a dataset. A distribution may however consist of several files in the same format, especially suitable for time series that are continously updated.

Create distribution

To create a distribution, go to the dataset overview page and click on the plus button next to Distributions.

Plus button to create a distribution

Next you get to choose if you want to enter a link (web address) or upload a file.

Upload a file

To upload a file, click on "File" and then on the magnifying glass.

Dialog to upload a file

If you turn on recommended and optional fields, you get to describe the distribution in more detail.

Dialog to enter more information

Title: Name of the distribution.

Description: A more detailed description of the distribution.

Format: Describe the format for your distribution. You can choose between "Common mediatypes" like CSV and JSON, or "Geographical mediatypes" like WMS or TIFF.

Availability: Availability states how long the the data will be accessible. "Available" means that the data is accessible in the medium term (a few years). "Experimental" means that the data is accessible for a short time. "Stable" means that the data will remain accessible for a long time. "Temporary" means that the data can disappear at any time.

License: It is recommended to provide license information for the distribution. Choose the applicable license for the distribution, even if you have already described it for the dataset. Creative Commons Zero Public Domain 1.0 (CC0 1.0) is a common standard for open data and organizations. The licence that the organization has chosen to work with is often explained in the organization's Information Reuse Policy document.

Optional fields

Access service: Data service that gives access to the distribution for the dataset.

Temporal resolution: The minimum time period resolvable in the dataset, e.g. "Months: 3”.

Spatial resolution: The minimum spatial separation resolvable in the dataset, measured in meters. (Decimals are allowed.)

Size (in bytes): Approximated size in bytes when the exact size is unknown.

Language: The language or languages used in the distribution.

Release date: Date when the distribution was created.

Date modified: Date when the distribution was last changed or modified.

Status: If the distribution is completed, deprecated, under development or withdrawn.

Attribution text: The text used in an attribution link, for example the name of a publisher or a group of contributors.

Attribution URL: The URL that should be used when attributing a data source, for example URL to the publisher homepage.

Copyright notice: The copyright notice associated with a rights statement. Typically displayed when acknowleding the source of the data.

Copyright statement: Link (URL) to a document that typically includes both copyright notice and guidance for re-users.

Copyright year: The year from which copyright over the content of the dataset is asserted.

Copyright holder: A reference to the organization that holds the copyright over the content.

Jurisdiction: A reference (URI) to the jurisdiction in which copyright and/or database have been asserted, usually a country or a region.

Guidelines for re-users: Link (URL) to a document that provides guidelines for re-users that is covered by a specific rights statement.

Checksum value: A lower case hexadecimal encoded digest value produced using a specific algorithm.

Algorithm: The algorithm used to produce the checksum. Currently, SHA-1 is the only supported algorithm.

Documentation: A page or document about this distribution.

Linked schemas: An established schema to which the described distribution conforms.

You can edit and manage files belonging to the distribution using the three-point menu (e.g. download, replace and remove). You can also create an API from an existing CSV-file, see below.

Menu options for distributions

Create an API using tabular data (CSV)

A distribution with tabular data (currently CSV files) can be used to automatically create an API.

There are a few conditions that must be met for the API generation to work:

  • The first row of the table should contain short names for each column as they are used as variable identifiers in the API. The column titles will be trimmed and converted to lower case on import.
  • String values such as column titles or cell contents may only contain Unicode characters.
  • Commas (",") must be used as column separators. Detection is available for CSV files that use semicolons (";") as separators, but it is recommended to use commas.
  • Double quotes (""") must be used as quotes.
  • Double backslash ("\") must be used as escape character.
  • Line feed ("\n") or carriage return followed by line feed ("\r\n") must be used to indicate a new line.

An automatically generated API is available via its REST interface and a simple web interface can be accessed with a web browser. The web interface contains links to more detailed Swagger-based API documentation.

Activate API for a distribution

It is beneficial to enable the API for a file distribution if possible. If you have uploaded a file as a distribution, you can enable it for use through the API. To do this, go to the dataset overview and click on the three-point menu on the right side of the distribution, then click Activate API.

Menu option activate API

If the dataset is not published, the following warning will appear that the dataset will be published when you start activating API generation. If you are OK with this, click "Yes".

Conformation to activate API

Then the API generation begins.

Initializing API

Once the API has been generated, click Close.

API has been created

Your new API now exists as a distribution named "Auto-generated API" in JSON format. Using the three-point menu, you can see the API information, like URL for the API. You can also edit, remove and - if you have made changes in the original distribution (CSV file) - choose to update the API to include the new changes.

Three-point menu for auto-generated API

If an external API already exists, or an external file belonging to the dataset described in EntryScape, you can link from your dataset to the file or API, as an external distribution. (The external system is responsible for updates of its files and API:s, unlike if you would have created a distribution by uploading your own file in EntryScape.)

To link to an API or external file, click on the plus button next to "Distributions".

Plusbutton to create a distribution

Then enter the external webaddress, starting with "http" or "https" and ending with for example ".json". Then you click on "Create".

Create distribution through link

This creates an external distribution with the temporary name "Access point”.

Menu option for the new access point

In the three-point menu you can choose edit to describe the distribution better to easier distinguish it from other distributions. Enter a title, description and preferably also the file format, accessibility and license.


You can create visualizations of your data in EntryScape in the form or bar charts, line charts, maps and tables. If you also use EntryScape Blocks to show the visualizations externally, your visualizations will automatically become added or adjusted in Blocks after your changes.

Map example of suitable roofs for solar cells in Old Town, Stockholm

Map example: Old Town in Stockholm. Roofs with suitable solar input for installing solar cells.

To be able to create a visualization, there must be a distribution with an uploaded CSV file or Web Map Service (WMS). Click on the plus button next to Visulizations to create a new visualization.

Plus button to create a visualization

Then select distribution to create the visualization from.

Select distribution for generating visualization

After that, describe the visualization by filling in the mandatory fields Title, Chart type and Chart axes. To be able to create a map visualization, there has to be geographic coordinates in your data file or WMS service.

Input fields for visualization

When the mandatory fields have been filled in, you can see a preview of the visualization at the bottom in the same window.

Preview of a map visualization

Note! If you see strange characters in your visualization, there is probably a mismatch between the encoding of the uploaded file and the encoding chosen in EntryScape. You can try changing encoding in EntryScape until the preview looks OK. If it's a big file, it's a good idea to check several pages and not just the first page, to notice single strange characters.

You can edit, preview and remove visualizations through the three-point menu.

Menu option for visualizations