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Data Planet Redesign & Stats Integration

Frequently Asked Questions 

In February 2021, Data Planet released a full redesign to enhance the website’s overall look and feel in order to offer a user-friendly experience that highlights the power of the Data Planet platform, as well as enhance the interface to better serve our customers. The refreshed platform now includes:

  • Revised universal header introducing a larger search bar, access to “Data Basics” statistical literacy content, unified help options, and a larger space for institutional logos
  • New home page providing a "soft landing" for users (particularly those new to data research and Data Planet)
  • This will offer a three tabbed browsing panel (browse by subject, source, geography), featured data sets, and access to the data basics content
  • “Data Basics” reference library, which will act as an entry point for new and novice users to learn about statistical literacy and properly working with data
  • Updated Data Planet data viewer page, including improved left-hand navigation (offering tabbed browsing, search, and drop-down menus), improved criteria selection (easier ability for multi-select, pop-out boxes for large menus of content, sleeker design), simpler iconography for tools (including an embed option), and an improved legend
  • Revised search results page to simplify results and enhance the filtering capability
  • New geography browse, allowing users to easily filter results based on geographic location, including county, city, census tract, zip code, and more 
  • Improved accessibility to ensure the enhancements we make to Data Planet work for all of our users

Additionally, SAGE integrated SAGE Stats (State, Local, and Business Stats) and U.S. Political Stats into Data Planet.  We are no longer updating the data within the SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats platforms. Instead, most SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats data was gathered and/or re-licensed from the original source providers and made available to customers through the Data Planet platform.

Now that customers may access content through the Data Planet platform, the SAGE Stats and U.S. Political Stats platforms will be retired on July 31.

The Data Planet platform’s user experience redesign incorporates elements of both of the existing Stats platforms and combines the best features of all three resources across one interface, allowing our users the ability to:

  • Access their data via a single platform, which should simplify user journeys, and help drive higher usage
  • Harness the power of the Data Planet platform and its data viewer
  • Compare and contrast data from even more sources, and drill down to very granular levels of detail
  • Create customized views in tables, maps, rankings, and charts
  • Export data in multiple formats
  • Export citations into a number of different citation managers
  • Create and export DataSheets into PDFs
  • Utilize future statistical literacy resources available on the platform

The Future of Data Planet

  1. When can I access new Data Planet platform?
    The refreshed platform is accessible now! It was released in early 2021.

  2. Will there be any changes to the Data Planet URL structure?
    Yes. The new URL will be https://dataplanet.sagepub.com/ starting on July 31. The current URL (statisticaldatasets.data-planet.com) will remain in place until then and will redirect to the new URL afterward. Please update your Data Planet listing to the new URL. 

  3. Will libraries need to update their Data Planet proxy stanza?
    Data Planet
     was moved into the “SAGE Publications and Journals” EZproxy stanza in 2020. For EZproxy customers hosted by OCLC, no additional action is needed - SAGE will be completing any necessary updates to the stanza on our end. For EZproxy customers not hosted by OCLC, your library should make sure that it is using the most current version of the “SAGE Publications and Journals” stanza, which includes Data Planet. You may access that stanza through our Secure Center portal

  4. Is there a suggested library catalog description?

    Data Planet

    Explore a vast collection of U.S. and international statistics in Data Planet. With this dynamic tool, you can scan and search the contents of billions of datasets, compare and contrast variables of interest, and create customized views in tables, maps, rankings, and charts. Views also include descriptive summaries of the datasets and data sources. Datasets cover a wide range of subjects – including business, finance, banking, economics, sociology, political science, demography, agriculture, education, international studies, criminal justice, housing and construction, labor and employment, energy resources and industries, and more. Sources include public, private/commercial, and nongovernmental organizations.

    Subjects: Statistics and Data, Business, Finance, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, International Studies, International Relations, Demography, Agriculture, Education, Criminal Justice, Housing and Construction, Labor and Employment, Energy Resources and Industries, Climate and Weather

    Data Planet Foundations

    Explore a curated collection of United States statistics in Data Planet Foundations. With this dynamic tool, you can scan and search the contents of billions of datasets, compare and contrast variables of interest, and create customized views in tables, maps, rankings, and charts. Views also include descriptive summaries of the datasets and data sources. Datasets cover a wide range of subjects – including business, finance, banking, economics, sociology, political science, demography, agriculture, education, international studies, criminal justice, housing and construction, labor and employment, energy resources and industries, and more. Sources include public, private/commercial, and nongovernmental organizations

    Subjects: Statistics and Data, Business, Finance, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, International Studies, International Relations, Demography, Agriculture, Education, Criminal Justice, Housing and Construction, Labor and Employment, Energy Resources and Industries, Climate and Weather

  5. Are MARC records available for Data Planet and Data Planet Foundations?
    Yes. On-demand downloadable MARC records for import into library catalogs will be made available for customer institutions here.

  6. Are there tools available to help with discoverability following the launch of the new Data Planet platform?
    Yes. Our discoverability checklist offers tips for increasing the discoverability of your content.

  7. Will an updated Data Planet Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) be made available?
    Yes. A new VPAT statement is available now with the release of the new Data Planet platform. Please message online.accessibility@sagepub.com to request a copy of our Data Planet VPAT. You may also visit our Accessibility Toolkit on Data Planet for immediate information.

  8. How will authentication work on the new Data Planet platform?
    The vast majority of Data Planet customers can access the new platform via standard IP authentication methods. Open Athens and SHIBBOLETH are available, as well as username and password authentication for any interested institutions.

  9. Where may I access usage statistics?
    Site administrators may access usage statistics on demand via SecureCenter.

    For further instruction around administrative access and usage statistics, please visit our information page here.

  10. Will training be offered to librarians about the new Data Planet platform?
    Our dedicated Library Training Team will provide scheduled webinar training sessions, as well as offer individualized sessions by request. There are currently two sessions scheduled for July and August: 

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM (EST) / 10:00 AM (PST). Register here.
    Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM (EST) / 10:00 AM (PST). Register here.

    Be assured of our commitment to support the continued use of this resource for your library, faculty, and students. Our goal is to support the leadership of your library and how that translates to the mission of your library as a whole.

  11. What will happen to Data Planet Statistical Ready Reference?
    This feature, which is currently available on the existing Data Planet platform, did not transition to the new platform. We feel confident that the new user interface will be a comfortable and easy-to-navigate space for all users, from beginners to experienced researchers, removing the need for a separate simplified interface.

    Should your institution have Data Planet Statistical Ready Reference included within your A to Z database listing, we suggest you remove it.

The Future of SAGE Stats and U.S. Political Stats

  1. What is happening to SAGE Stats and U.S. Political Stats? 

    The SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats platforms will be retiring on July 31, 2021. The final content update to platforms occurred in Q4 2020.

    In early 2021, all SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats customers were migrated to the Data Planet platform where they can now access their content via a single platform. Starting then, the content will only be updated on the Data Planet platform, where the SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats data will be made available.
     

  2. Will SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats be available for sale moving forward?
    SAGE is no longer actively selling SAGE Stats or U.S. Political Stats to new customers.

    Starting in early 2021, existing customers will be transitioned into renewals and updates on the Data Planet platform.

    Should your institution still have any SAGE Stats collections (State Stats, Local Stats, Business Stats, or U.S. Political Stats) included within your A to Z database listing, please remove them.

  3.  Will there be a dual access period?
    A six-month dual access period began in early 2021 for existing SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats customers, at which time access will remain available to the existing platforms and will be granted for the new Data Planet platform. This dual access will end on July 31, 2021, when the SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats platforms are retired. After summer 2021, the SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats URLs will redirect automatically to the Data Planet homepage.

  4. Will the SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats content still be available?
    Yes. The Data Planet Editorial Team has ingested SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats content into the Data Planet platform throughout 2020 and early 2021. Most SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats data was gathered and/or re-licensed from the original source providers and made available to customers through the Data Planet platform.

  5. What will happen to the SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats content that is being migrated into the Data Planet platform?
    In many cases this transition will provide larger, more robust data from a particular source than was previously available on the existing platforms.

    The SAGE Stats & U.S. Political Stats content is reclassified using the Data Planet subject categories. By assimilating the content into the Data Planet universe, users have more powerful ways to browse, compare, visualize, and export this data.

    For more information about SAGE Business Stats content and customers, please see question #6. 

  6. What is the future of SAGE Business Stats?
    The SAGE Business Stats content has moved to Data Planet and is a new Premium module called Woods & Poole on the Data Planet platform. Similar to the plan for State, Local, and U.S. Political Stats content, the Data Planet Editorial team collected data directly from the original source providers of the Business Stats content (Woods & Poole Economics, Inc.) and ingested the content into the Data Planet platform. The SAGE Business Stats content is reclassified using the Data Planet subject categories and is available for subscription or purchase as a Premium module.

    For information about the SAGE Business Stats dual access period, please reference question #3.

  7. What is Data Planet Foundations?
    Data Planet Foundations is a discrete product offering that includes both SAGE State, Local, and U.S. Political Stats content, as well as additional content sources from the Data Planet Core product. It is delivered through the redesigned Data Planet interface and does not have its own separate interface or user experience.

For more information about SAGE Business Stats content, please see question #6.

Additional Information

  1. Who may I contact for technical support?
    For support with Data Planet & Data Planet Foundations, please contact Onlinesupport@sagepub.co.uk

  2. My questions have not been answered; who may I speak to?
    Please contact your SAGE Library Sales Manager, or visit our ‘Contact’ page for additional options.  

  3. What can my institution do in order to prepare for these changes? 
    Please read our customer checklist which provides a list of administrative tasks that your institution should perform first in advance of the launch, and then following the launch, of the new Data Planet platform.