About Series

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Series are the fundamental data type throughout dataZoa. They may also be referred to as time series or data series.

Common Features

All Series are a set of numbers, ordered in time, representing some phenomenon at various points in time. As such, they share some common features.

Series Attributes

  • A Title, like Rainfall
  • A Frequency, like Weekly
  • Units of measurement, like millimeters
  • and potentially many others, like footnotes, synonyms, etc.

Series Key

Every dataZoa series has a key, formed of the owner's account name and a serial number, like MyAccount/00004328:

  • Globally unique
  • Never recycled
  • Automatically assigned, except...
  • If you are replacing your your own data, be sure to preserve your series keys.

Types of Series

Depending on where they originate, series are classed into different "types":

Live or auto-updating

These come from other sites around the Web via the dZ-Dot, and dataZoa remembers where they originate, updating them for you as the sources change.


These are series you load in from your own files (or even just copy and paste). As such, you are responsible for keeping them up to date.


A calculated series is the result of a dataZoa ComputeCloud formula. dataZoa updates these automatically by keeping track of their ancestors.


These are series that you set up initially using dZSlates, but new values are entered by others, from outside your account.

Series Ownership

Every dataZoa series "belongs" to a particular account, and that account has complete control over what happens to that series.

That being said, series can be shared and borrowed among accounts according to permissions granted by the series owner.

See more on series sharing here.

Series Maintenance

Series maintenance involves deleting, editing, and controlling access to your data. See more on series maintenance here.