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Organize your online information with the data management and storage tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A computer with internet access
- A topic area that matters to you
- Information to organize and edit
- A web site (optional)
Create a new open data table
Start creating a new open data table by going to factual.com and creating an account. Then, click "Upload or create data tables." You now have two main options.
First option. If you already have data, you can upload a file from your computer, cut and paste from a spreadsheet or document, or simply point to data on the web by entering a URL.Here is how it would work:• Say you have a table of restaurants in your area that you want to share.In a few clicks, your table is online and ready to be shared and sent to your friends so they can add to or correct it.
Define a table
Second option. If you don't have an existing source of data, you can define an empty table by adding field names, and let other people fill in the fields with information. Advanced users may also be interested in Factual's extraction tools.
Now you may want to know which of the restaurants on your list serves Chinese food -- and what their phone numbers are. • You can add fields by locating related tables and clicking on "Find related data" from the menu bar in the restaurant header.• Click the "add" link next to the new desired fields such as "Category" and "Phone Number," then click the "Initiate Join" button.• Now you see your table, plus the two joined fields added as new columns.To locate Chinese restaurants, you can simply search on "Chinese."
Click on any cell to drill down to the story behind the fact -- like which users submitted this data, and who, if anyone, disagreed. For example, a phone number could be wrong or missing. It's easy for anyone to submit new information or correct a cell. Factual retains all inputs, then displays the best answer based on algorithms and user preferences.
Promote the table
You can "Share" a Factual Table by e-mail, by linking to the table, or embedding it on a web site. Once you share the table, it's easy for anyone to enter new data. A good table can become a great public resource as more people get involved.