Setup a GIS Job (Headlessly)

GIS jobs are used to upload geospatial data (zipped shapefiles, geoJSON, KML, or KMZ files) to replace specific geospatial datasets on the Socrata platform. This guide shows how to setup and run a GIS Job using the command line interface.

Step 1: Setup your configuration

Information about your domain, username, password and app token is required for all DataSync jobs. Note that the user running the job must have publisher rights on the dataset. A number of other global settings, such as logging and emailing preferences can also be configured. Please refer to the configuration guide to establish your credentials and preferences.

Step 2: Configure job details

For general help using DataSync in headless/command-line mode run:

java -jar <DATASYNC_JAR> --help

To run a job execute the following command, replacing <..> with the appropriate values (flags explained below):

java -jar <DATASYNC_JAR> -c <CONFIG FILE> -t GISJob -f <FILE TO PUBLISH> -i <DATASET ID> -m replace

Explanation of flags: * = required flag

Flag - Short Name Flag - Long Name Example Values Description
-t * --jobType GISJob Specifies the type of job to run.
-c --config /Users/home/config.json Points to the config.json file you created in Step 1, if you chose to do so.
-f --fileToPublish /Users/home/datafile.geosjson Zipped shapefile, geoJSON, KML, or KMZ file to publish
-i --datasetID m985-ywaw The dataset identifier to publish to.
-m --publishMethod replace Specifies the publish method to use. replace is the only valid method for GIS jobs.

Step 3: Job output

Information about the status of the job will be output to STDOUT. If the job runs successfully a ‘Success’ message will be output to STDOUT, and the program will exit with a normal status code (0). If there was a problem running the job a detailed error message will be output to STDERR and the program will exit with an error status code (1). You can capture the exit code to configure error handling logic within your ETL process.

Complete example job

java -jar <DATASYNC_JAR> --config config.json --jobType GISJob --publishMethod replace --datasetID 23rd-dssw --fileToPublish "/Users/snu/Desktop/"

config.json contents:

    "domain": "",
    "username": "",
    "password": "secret_password",
    "appToken": "fPsJQRDYN9KqZOgEZWyjoa1SG"

Running a previously saved job file (.gij file)

Simply run:

java -jar <DATASYNC_JAR> <.gij FILE TO RUN>

For example:

java -jar <DATASYNC_JAR> /Users/snu/Desktop/parcels.gij

NOTE: you can also create an .gij file directly (rather than saving a job using the DataSync UI) which stores the job details in JSON format. Here is an example:

  "defaultJobName": "City of Evergreen Parcel Data",
  "datasetID": "23rd-dssw",
  "fileToPublish": "/Users/snu/Desktop/",
  "publishMethod": "replace",
  "layerMap": {
    "parcels": "gvyj-jpky"
  "fileVersionUID": 4,
  "pathToSavedFile": "/Users/snu/Desktop/parcel_data.gij",
  "jobFilename": "parcel_data.gij"