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Data Planet Statistical Datasets: Exporting Data, Links to Data, and Citations

Guide for using Data Planet Datasets.

Output Types

There are many ways to deliver data from Data Planet Statistical Datasets using the Export button located on the menu bar:

The options allow you to export data for manipulation in other programs, infographics for use in work products, and pdfs of data views, and more. 

Export Data

If you want to export the underlying data, use Excel, Delimited Text, SAS, or XML options. All of these options allow users to download the data into different programs (spreadsheets and a statistical software package) and manipulate it there. If you have used the Calculator feature to create formulas for additional data points, these data points are downloaded, as well.

The option to download to a Shapefile (only available for map views) allows users to export the map information to software that displays maps to ESRI requirements.

If you need to export data for importing into statistical software program(s), consult the documentation provided for that program. Available export formats for Data Planet Statistical Datasets include Delimited Text, Excel, and SAS, which can be imported into these common software programs, as below:

SPSS (Delimited Text and Excel)
STAT (Excel)

Please let us know if there are other programs you use that it would be helpful for us to export. Contact us here


The PDF and PPT link exports the data visualization, data column list where displayed, and the statistical abstract describing the data view to a PDF or Powerpoint file. PDF exports are considered "DataSheets." DataSheets can also be viewed or printed (using browser or keyboard options, eg, Ctrl P). 

Permanent URL Links Export Options

Export options include permanent URL links to views and/or associated data. These links differ from the Create DOI URLs in that the latest available data will be returned via the URL links if the more current date is selected whereas DOI links return to the exact view of the data at the time it was created. To explore options, open the Export icon on the central tool bar: 

“Open URL links back to this view” to select options for creating links that can be used to get back to the current view and/or associated data. XML and JSON links allow you to import results into your own applications:


Exporting Formatted Citations

The “Cite This” icon, circled in red below, in the center tool bar of the Data Planet interface, provides options for direct export of citations formatted for several popular style guides, as well as options for export to citation management programs.



Available options include:

  • DataCite (Data Planet default format)
  • APA (6th edition)
  • Chicago (17th edition)
  • MLA (8th edition)

Click on the Quotation Marks and select your preferred format. A dialog box will open with the formatted citation. “Copy to Clipboard” and then paste into your own document.


As with all electronic reference management tools, do note that the final responsibility for the citation is yours - as the author of the paper - so be sure to review the citation created against the source style guide and/or consult faculty. For more on Data Citation formats and exports in Data Planet, click here . Note that exports for reference manager software will require manual intervention to properly format for the style manual you are using.