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Socrata Provider for Koop

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This provider makes it possible to access Socrata's JSON API as either GeoJSON or an Esri FeatureService. This is particularly useful for making maps and doing analysis on the web.


To use this provider you first need a working installation of Koop. Then from within the koop directory you'll need to run the following:

npm install koop-socrata --save


koop-socrata needs to be registered as a provider in your Koop app in order to work.

var socrata = require('koop-socrata')

If you are using Postgres you will need to then create a database and enable Postgis

createdb koop
psql -d "koop" -c "create extension postgis;"

Once that's done you can restart your server and the Socrata routes will be available.

If you're using the koop-sample-app template, you can start the server like this:

node server.js

Registering Socrata Hosts

Once this provider's been installed you need to register a particular instance of Socrata with your Koop instance. To do this you make POST request to the /socrata endpoint like so:

curl --data "host=" localhost:1337/socrata

for Windows users, download cURL from or use a tool of your choice to generate the POST request

What you'll need for that request to work is an ID and the URL of the Socrata instance. The ID is what you'll use to reference datasets that come from Socrata in Koop.

To make sure this works you can visit: http://localhost:1337/socrata and you should see all of the registered hosts.

Add your app key

Socrata allows 1,000 requests per rolling hour period if you have an app key. If not, there is no guarantee of the number of queries you can make. It is strongly recommended to include an app token if you plan to run Koop-Socrata in production. See:

  1. Go to to create an app key
  2. Edit the default.json in your koop-app config to add
  "socrata": {
    "token": "your-app-token"

Accessing Socrata Data

To access a dataset hosted in Socrata you'll need a "Resource ID" from Socrata. Datasets in Socrata can be accessed as raw JSON like this:

And then the ID fwm6-d78i can be referenced in Koop like so:

If your Socrata data has more than one location column, you can specify the desired location column in the http request like this:


Handling Large Datasets

Koop-Socrata will page through large datasets to gather all the rows. The default is set to 10,000 rows per request, but the Socrata API handles up to 50,000 requests very well. For production deployments it is recommended to set the Koop Configuration for the Socrata page limit to 50,000.

    "socrata": {
        "pageLimit": 50000

Clearing Koop's cache for individual resources

If you find yourself in a situation where Koop isn't returning data for a particular resource and you'd like to make sure it makes a fresh request, you can blow out the cobwebs by making the following request in the browser.

>>> true


Here are a few examples of data hosted in Socrata and accessed via Koop.


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