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Query the Data Delivery Network

Query the DDN

The easiest way to query any data on Splitgraph is via the "Data Delivery Network" (DDN). The DDN is a single endpoint that speaks the PostgreSQL wire protocol. Any Splitgraph user can connect to it at and query any version of over 40,000 datasets that are hosted or proxied by Splitgraph.

For example, you can query the waste_and_recycling_services_performance_measures table in this repository, by referencing it like:


or in a full query, like:

    ":id", -- Socrata column ID
    "response_time_for_a_waste", -- Average Response Time for a Waste & Recycling Service Request is the average number of days a customer waits to receive an initial response after submitting a service request.  This measure can be affected by factors such as extreme weather and changes to programs. In 2017, there was an increase in service requests which were related to the rollout of the Green Cart Program. 
    "residential_waste_diverted", -- Per cent of Residential Waste Diverted from Landfill Through Blue and Green Cart Programs represents the per cent of residential waste that is diverted from landfill through the Blue Cart and Green Cart programs, out of the total waste generated by single-family households.  Since the Blue Cart Program was first implemented in 2009, the program continues to receive less material as packaging types change and printed materials decline.  The Green Cart Program was implemented in the second half of 2017, and was completed in conjunction with a change from weekly to every other week Black Cart collection. 
    "black_cart_waste_collected", -- Annual Black Cart Waste Collected per Household is the average amount (in kilograms) of garbage collected by residential collection crews from each single family household.
    "waste_disposed_at_city_of", -- Annual Waste Disposed at City of Calgary Landfills per Person monitors the total amount of garbage (in kilograms) disposed at the waste management facilities managed by The City of Calgary, including waste from private haulers. This measure does not capture waste that is generated in Calgary and disposed of at facilities not managed by The City of Calgary.
LIMIT 100;

Connecting to the DDN is easy. All you need is an existing SQL client that can connect to Postgres. As long as you have a SQL client ready, you'll be able to query calgary-ca/waste-and-recycling-services-performance-measures-nfvn-x8e2 with SQL in under 60 seconds.

This repository is an "external" repository. That means it's hosted elsewhere, in this case at When you querycalgary-ca/waste-and-recycling-services-performance-measures-nfvn-x8e2:latest on the DDN, we "mount" the repository using the socrata mount handler. The mount handler proxies your SQL query to the upstream data source, translating it from SQL to the relevant language (in this case SoQL).

We also cache query responses on the DDN, but we run the DDN on multiple nodes so a CACHE_HIT is only guaranteed for subsequent queries that land on the same node.

Query Your Local Engine

Install Splitgraph Locally
bash -c "$(curl -sL"

Splitgraph Cloud is built around Splitgraph Core (GitHub), which includes a local Splitgraph Engine packaged as a Docker image. Splitgraph Cloud is basically a scaled-up version of that local Engine. When you query the Data Delivery Network or the REST API, we mount the relevant datasets in an Engine on our servers and execute your query on it.

It's possible to run this engine locally. You'll need a Mac, Windows or Linux system to install sgr, and a Docker installation to run the engine. You don't need to know how to actually use Docker; sgrcan manage the image, container and volume for you.

There are a few ways to ingest data into the local engine.

For external repositories (like this repository), the Splitgraph Engine can "mount" upstream data sources by using sgr mount. This feature is built around Postgres Foreign Data Wrappers (FDW). You can write custom "mount handlers" for any upstream data source. For an example, we blogged about making a custom mount handler for HackerNews stories.

For hosted datasets, where the author has pushed Splitgraph Images to the repository, you can "clone" and/or "checkout" the data using sgr cloneand sgr checkout.

Mounting Data

This repository is an external repository. It's not hosted by Splitgraph. It is hosted by, and Splitgraph indexes it. This means it is not an actual Splitgraph image, so you cannot use sgr clone to get the data. Instead, you can use the socrata adapter with the sgr mount command. Then, if you want, you can import the data and turn it into a Splitgraph image that others can clone.

First, install Splitgraph if you haven't already.

Mount the table with sgr mount

sgr mount socrata \
  "calgary-ca/waste-and-recycling-services-performance-measures-nfvn-x8e2" \
  --handler-options '{
    "domain": "",
    "tables": {
        "waste_and_recycling_services_performance_measures": "nfvn-x8e2"

That's it! Now you can query the data in the mounted table like any other Postgres table.

Query the data with your existing tools

Once you've loaded the data into your local Splitgraph engine, you can query it with any of your existing tools. As far as they're concerned, calgary-ca/waste-and-recycling-services-performance-measures-nfvn-x8e2 is just another Postgres schema.

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