A fantastic move for transparency! Utah's State's open data portal. http://t.co/xpZSOm4tJAFilters and conditional formatting are a very important feature when we start looking at these very large data sets. The user may want to visualize just a small portion of the whole set.
— Pete Ashdown (@pashdown) January 12, 2015
Here's an example. Our UCAS grades include data for all Utah schools. With this dataset, I can quickly limit the data to a specific subset; in this case, just elementary schools and only in the Alpine District. Socrata gives me the ability to visualize the data based on specific conditions, so I have assigned lavender to schools that received an "A" grade and a lighter blue to those that received a "B". Here's what you get:
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I'm sure that you users will think of even more creative and useful ways to use and visualize that data.