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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 data.splitgraph.com:5432 and query any version of over 40,000 datasets that are hosted or proxied by Splitgraph.

For example, you can query the 311_service_requests_for_fiscal_year_2020_2021 table in this repository, by referencing it like:


or in a full query, like:

    ":id", -- Socrata column ID
    "updated_date", -- The last date an update was made to the request
    "ert_measured_in", -- Defines the increments of time the ERT is measured in (I.E. Hours, Calendar Days, Business Days, Etc.)
    "closed_date", -- The date the request was completed and closed
    "service_request_type", -- The type of service being requested
    "method_received_desc", -- Describes the method the service request was received  (I.E. Phone, Web, Mobile Device, etc.)
    "city_council_district", -- The number of the City Council District where the service will take place
    "created_date", -- The date the service request was submitted
    "outcome", -- A brief statement describing the outcome of the request for service
    "status", -- Describes the status of the request for service (I.E. New, In Progress, Closed) 
    "address", -- The location where the service will take place
    "overall_service_request_due", -- The date the request the department must have the service request completed by for the request to be on time. Requests completed after this date are considered late.
    "department", -- The City Department responsible to responding to the request for service
    "unique_key", -- Internal Key
    "lat_long_value", -- The numeric value of the location's latitude and longitude coordinates
    "ert_estimated_response_time", -- The estimated amount of time it will take the City Department to begin their investigation/response to the request for service
    "priority", -- Describes the priorty of the request (Standard, Urgent, Dispatch, etc.)
    "service_request_number" -- Tracking number associated with a service request beginning with the last two digits of the year the service request was created.
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 dallasopendata/311-service-requests-for-fiscal-year-2020-2021-3fzq-993c with SQL in under 60 seconds.

This repository is an "external" repository. That means it's hosted elsewhere, in this case at www.dallasopendata.com. When you querydallasopendata/311-service-requests-for-fiscal-year-2020-2021-3fzq-993c: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 https://github.com/splitgraph/splitgraph/releases/latest/download/install.sh)"

Read the installation docs.

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 www.dallasopendata.com, 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 \
  "dallasopendata/311-service-requests-for-fiscal-year-2020-2021-3fzq-993c" \
  --handler-options '{
    "domain": "www.dallasopendata.com",
    "tables": {
        "311_service_requests_for_fiscal_year_2020_2021": "3fzq-993c"

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, dallasopendata/311-service-requests-for-fiscal-year-2020-2021-3fzq-993c is just another Postgres schema.