Database Control

Importing Data

This example will walk you through how to get data that already exists into SQLite.

  1. Download the main table for the Portal Project mammal database. It’s kind of large so it might take a few seconds. The full database is available on GitHub and updated monthly. We’ll use a simplified version in class.
  2. Create a new database by clicking on New Database in the Database drop down menu. Type portal_mammals for the name, click OK and choose where to save the file.
  3. Click on the Import icon.
  4. Click on Select File and navigate to where you saved the data file and select it.
  5. Select CSV. You can also import from SQL databases or modify the Fields separated or enclosed by. Make sure to select First row contains column names.
  6. Click OK when it asks if you want to modify the data.
  7. Name the table that you are importing into surveys.
  8. Identify the type for each field, using the Data Type drop-down menus. If it is not obvious if the data type is an INTEGER or VARCHAR for each variable, check the metadata. Important: if you specify the wrong data type it can cause some data to not be imported and/or prevent you from doing some kinds of data manipulations.
  9. Select recordID as the Primary Key and click OK.
  10. Click OK when asked if you are sure you want to import the data.
  11. Now import the plots, and species tables.
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