Overview: Datablock Editor

The Datablock Editor allows you to customize each Datablock to meet your specific data needs. 

The options available in the Datablock Editor differ depending on the visualization selected, so we encourage you to test the functionality yourself to learn what you can do with different visualizations. 

Pro Tip: Learn more about the capabilities of the different visualizations available in Databox here

Below, we will walk through the Datablock Editor for a Line Chart.

  • A) Datablock Title: Enter a name for the Datablock. This will appear at the top of the Datablock on the Databoard and should be a good indicator of what the Datablock is showing. 

Pro Tip: Typically, the Datablock Title is named the same as the Metric that you select for the Datablock. 

  • B) Metric: Select the Metric that you want to populate the Datablock from the  Metric drop-down. You can filter out metrics for a specific Data Source using the Data Source drop-down. Click on the Metric types drop-down to switch between F avorite, Popular, Basic, Custom, and Calculated Metrics.
  • C) Date Range: Select the Date Range the Datablock will first load to. This should be the most significant Date Range for the Metric. It is recommended that you set a consistent Date Range for all Datablocks on the Databoard. 

Pro Tip: You will be able to select additional Date Ranges while viewing your Databoard.

  • D) Graph by: For graph visualizations, you will be prompted to select the granularity that you'd like to view your data. "Graph by: Day" will plot daily data on the chart, "Graph by: Month" will plot monthly data on the chart, etc.
    • The options available are based on the data availability for the selected Metric. 
  • E) Cumulative: Use the toggle to determine whether the Chart will display a cumulative graph.
    • For certain Metrics and Date Ranges, the Cumulative option may be disabled because it would necessitate adding together unique values and would produce inaccurate data.  
  • F) Comparison Value: Select the Comparison Value for your Datablock. This determines what data my current performance will be compared against. Depending on the selection, either the comparison percentage or the percentage to Goal will be displayed at the top of the Databock.    
  • G) Additional Lines: Choose whether you want any additional lines added to your Datablock, like the "Compare" line, "Goal" line, "Average" line, or "Trend" line. These add context to the Datablock and helps you analyze your performance. 
  • H) Show Total: Select this to display the total metric value on the top of the chart.
  • I) Show Values: Select this to display the values on the chart based on the selected granularity.
  • J) Smooth Line: Select this to smooth the line on the chart to help visualize the trends.
  • K) Y-Axis Scaling: Auto-scaling updates the y-axis based on the selected Metric value. This can make it easier to analyze your reports if you have very large or small Metric values. By selecting the manual option, you can select the minimum and maximum values you want to display on the y-axis.
  • L) Font Size: Choose the best font size according to your Databoard. You can choose from small, medium, and large font sizes.
  • M) Advanced Settings: In the Advanced Settings window you can change the Format, Scale, Change Format, etc. Learn more about Advanced Settings here