Download Open Data Types

02-13-2015 09:28 AM
New Contributor III
Currently there are 4 ways to download data from Open Data: Spreadsheet, KML, Shapefile and API. Not all these download types are appropriate for all datasets.

It would be great if when designing an Open Data site, the designer had the option to choose which download type to allow for any given dataset. This could be done by having a check box next to the download type and you can check the box to allow that download type.

For example, KML does not work well for all datasets. Why allow a user to download a KML if it will fail with a dataset that doesn't play well with KML? The poor user has a frustrating experience thinking they can download a KML and plop it into Google Earth and expect it to work, when that dataset was never intended for that purpose.

Similarly spreadsheets do not make sense for some datasets.

The designer of the Open Data site should be allowed to choose from among the download options which option(s) will be best for their data.

thank you.
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by Anonymous User
We are considering adding support for GeoPackage, File Geodatabase, and DXF/DWG. Please let us know if these formats work for you. Ideally you will be able to toggle which formats you want to support on your site.
Responding to the consideration of additional support for geopackage, file geodatabase and Cad...these would be great, with CAD being a higher priority "open" data type than the others. Also, the ability to toggle which formats we want to support on our site, with or without the additional other formats, would be super great. Thank you for your consideration.

We would like the ability to turn off some of the download options for some layers.

For example the shape, and excel formats cannot be downloaded for large datasets greater than 2GB, and fail.

We would like to remove that option for those datasets.

Some layers are interrelated and we would like users to download a file geodatabase with all of the relationships, and eliminate the other download options.

Jeffrey Holden, and Rebbecca Niggeman from Washington Department of Natural Resources. 

by Anonymous User

The ability to download file geodatabases from REST services would be great.  There is a another Idea that was introduced in March of this year. 

Thank you.


The ability to add GeoPackage, File Geodatabase and DXF/DWG to the range of formats would be a great enhancement! It's high time to start the replacement of the Shapefile format as 'the' standard geodata exchange format with it's dBase shortcomings with more practical formats!


From my perspective GeoPackage is a must have, it is a standard to which governmental organisations in the Netherlands need to adhere to.