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Legacy feature

This feature is not available to new users. However, legacy users may still have access to this functionality.

With Quix it's easy to visualize your data in a powerful and flexible way, you can see the data in real time, as well as viewing historical data.

Quix was designed for real-time data, so if you want to see data-at-rest for any topic you must turn on data persistence for that specific topic. You'll do this in the historical data section.

Real-time data

Follow these steps to view real-time data as it arrives in your topics:

  1. On the Pipeline page, click on the arrow coming out of the New York Bikes service. If there is data being emitted this arrow is green, otherwise it is gray.

  2. Click Explore live data on the context menu.

  3. Select a stream from the streams listed under SELECT STREAMS.


    If there are no streams under SELECT STREAMS, wait a few moments, the New York CitiBike API is queried every few seconds.

  4. Select the parameters in the SELECT PARAMETERS OR EVENTS list.

  5. Select the Table tab in the top middle of the page.

  6. After a few moments you will see data being shown in the table.

    CitiBike data

Be patient

If you don't see any streams, parameters or data, just wait a moment or two. The next time data arrives these will be populated automatically.

Now you know how to observe data arriving into your topics. You can also explore the Waveform tab to see numeric data in a graphical form and the Messages tab to see the raw, JSON format, messages.

Historical data

In order to train a machine learning model on historical data, the live real-time data being ingested needs to be stored. However, topics are real time and therefore not designed for data storage. To solve this, Quix enables you to store the data going through a topic to an efficient real-time database if you need it.

Enable persistence on your topics:

  1. Navigate to the Topics page using the left-hand navigation.

  2. Locate the topic(s) you want to store data for (in this case bikes-topic and weather-topic).

  3. For each topic, click the toggle in the Persistence column to on.

  4. Finally, go back to the Pipeline page.

    Now, to ensure there is some historical data stored in the weather topic, stop and then start the VisualCrossing Weather service. This will force the service to collect and publish fresh data to the weather-topic without waiting for 30 minutes.

    You will need this historical data in the next section, where you will learn how to retrieve data for training a model.

Part 4 - Get data to train a model