• The index column shows the number of the row in a case table. It is used to reference a location in the dataset.

    1. To enter a new row, click on the index column. Click on "Insert Case." This will allow you to enter rows in a case table. 
    2. To enter multiple rows in a case table, click on "Insert Cases" from the index column menu. Select the number of cases to insert and the location. Press "ok." 
    3. To delete cases, click on "Delete case" from the drop-down menu. You can delete multiple cases by selecting multiple cases (shift-click), then use the option "Delete Multiple Cases" from the dorp-down menu.

    The last row of a case table is editable. Click on the bottom row. The cursor will appear. Press "Tab" to advance rows.

General Questions

  • CODAP can work on a tablet/mobile device but since it is a work in progress, not all functionality is yet available in the tablet format.

  • You don’t need to log in to use CODAP. However, if you want to save your CODAP documents on Google Drive, you will need to create a Google account and connect your Google account to CODAP.

  • You can take advantage of the Guide panel, which can be found on the Tool Shelf in the Gear Menu. Creating a Guide allows you to create instructions within the platform. The Guide you create will need a website and links to those pages.

    You can also connect with the CODAP Team on the CODAP Forums for specific questions. We are here to help!

  • For CODAP related news, you can follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our Help Forums.

    You can view the latest developments from the Concord Consortium from our free biannual newsletter- with articles and commentary on current research and developments in educational technology, plus technology-supported classroom lessons. You can receive @CONCORD through a free postal subscription (U.S. only) or, if you prefer, we'll send you notices by email to the online edition. You can subscribe here!

  • There are many ways to incorporate CODAP into your lessons. Check out the Embed CODAP and Data Integration videos for examples. You can also email us at codap@concord.org with questions.

  • Check out the CODAP Plugins page to see lots of ways to get started with CODAP. Or dive in to our Github repository.

  • Software glitches and bugs can sometimes make their way onto webpages. If you would like to like to report a bug please send an e-mail to codap-help@concord.org. Describe the problem with as much detail as possible, and attach the CODAP data file(s). Thank you for your help in CODAP’s development!

  • There are two ways to save a CODAP Document.

    Save a CODAP Document on Google Drive

    To save your documents on Google Drive, you will need a Google account.


    • For more information on using Google Drive with CODAP, visit this page.

    Once you've connected your Google account, CODAP will save your CODAP document on Google Drive automatically.

    Saving a CODAP Document Locally

    To save a CODAP Document to a local hard disk, click on the File icon from the menu and click on "Download."

    Download a CODAP Document Screen

    Type in a name to your document and click OK.

    The document can be found in your download browser as a CODAP document.

    You can read about how to open a CODAP document at How to Import Data from a CSV, JSON, CODAP, or TXT file.

  • A plugin is a piece of software that acts as an add-on in CODAP. It gives a CODAP document additional functionality.


    An example of a plugin is the Sampler Plugin, which generates random samples from a dataset. You can access the Sampler in the Plugin menu while inside CODAP.

    Sampler Menu

    To try out additional plugins, visit our CODAP Plugin webpage.

    To view a plugin in CODAP, click on the top link.


    You can also drag the link into a CODAP document.

    Interested in developing a Plugin? Visit our Help Forum to learn more.

  • You can drag a URL of a dataset over the workspace, or import it through the Import Menu, but sometimes this will fail with a mysterious "Network Error". Here are some things to check:

    • Is there a problem with your network? Check your computer or device's network settings. Perhaps you have become disconnected from your wireless network or the network is overburdened.
    • Is there a problem with the URL? If in doubt, you can try opening the link in another browser tab. If the URL is for a CSV file, the file may be downloaded.
    • Some websites are not configured to permit web applications from fetching data files, but do permit users to download the files. If you are able to download the file, please do so, and then drag the file into the CODAP workspace to add it to your CODAP document.
  • To run CODAP, you will need: (1) a computer with Internet connection and (2) a relatively recent web browser. That's it!

  • The Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) is a data analysis platform and community of developers where you can easily work with data, simulations, and games—and share your insights with others worldwide. In the process of working with data, young people learn to prepare their skills for the burgeoning careers and inquiry-based practices as data scientists. To learn more about CODAP, check out the About CODAP page.

  • When an internet connection is not always present, CODAP will function offline if loaded online beforehand. CODAP will only be able to accept local data from a computer in CSV or TXT format in this mode. Unfortunately embedded web pages, maps, and plugins will not be able to load. 

Licensing and Permissions

CODAP in Schools

  • The Next Generation Science Standards have identified eight Practices of Science and Engineering that all students should learn. Analyzing and Interpreting Data is one of the eight practices. The Common Core Mathematics Standards addressed fall under the Domains of Measurement & Data and Statistics and Probability. It would of course be dependent on the types of activities that students engaged in.