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Subscribe to a Data Offer

Updated: February 12, 2014


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This topic walks you through how to discover and subscribe to an Marketplace premium or trusted public data offer.

Before you proceed, make sure that you have:


Find a Dataset of Interest

Browse available datasets, select a dataset that looks interesting.

Pre-Examine the Dataset

Look at a dataset from various perspectives before you decide if you want to subscribe.

Subscribe to the Dataset

Subscribe to a dataset of interest.

Additional Resources

Use any of these resources to consume data from your dataset.

To find a dataset that looks like it might be what you need:

  1. Click the Data tab.

  2. If you know what publisher or category you're interested in, you can optionally click a category or publisher to browse a subset of available offers.

  3. Browse through the dataset offerings. Read the descriptions until you find a dataset of interest.
    If the publisher provides sample data the phrase View sample data is to the right of the offering (Figure 1.1). Click this to view a sample of the data available through this offering. (Figure 1) Click Hide sample data (Figure 1.1) to hide the data once you examine it.

    Sample data

    Figure 1: View sample data

  4. Click the name of the dataset.

Use the tabs on the dataset preview page to get a fuller picture of the dataset before you subscribe.


Tab Name Tab Description

View Sample Data

Use a predefined query to preview a sample of the dataset.
If the publisher has enabled sample data for multiple datasets, you can choose which dataset to preview.

  • On the Browse page, click View Sample Data to the right of the offer name.

  • Click View Sample Data to see a sample of the offering.
    Click Hide Sample Data to hide the sample data.

This tab is present only if the data publisher enabled the View Sample Data functionality.


If the data is conducive to and publisher permits, this tab is available and you can interact with the dataset in real time.

Sample Images

Graphical representation of dataset data.


Service root URL. (Figure 2.1)
Whether this dataset supports flexible or fixed queries. (Figure 2.2)
Names of available data series. (Figure 2.3)
Input fields by name and data type with example values. (Figure 2.4)
Return fields by name and data type. (Figure 2.5)

If a dataset has more than one data series available, each series is listed separately, each with its input and return fields.

The Details tab

Figure 2 - Details Tab

Publisher Terms of Use

The End-User License Agreement (EULA) which you must accept before you can subscribe to this dataset.

Some publishers of paid datasets offer one-month trial subscriptions. A trial subscription allows you to "try out" the dataset before you commit to purchase it. If you sign up for a trial subscription, it automatically rolls over to a paid subscription if not canceled before the end of the trial period.

  1. In the right column of the page, find the subscription variants that are available for this dataset.

  2. If there is more than one subscription variant, click Sign up (free variants) or Buy (paid variants) for the variant you want.

    For information on subscription costs and billing, see Understand Subscriptions.

    If a publisher offers both paid and free subscriptions, the free subscriptions are generally restricted to noncommercial use. Read the Publisher Terms Of Use carefully so you know the limitations on the service you selected.

    If this is a paid or trial subscription, you are taken to the Purchase page to complete the purchase. Fill in the required information on the page (first time only, after that you only reselect your credit card).

    1. If you want to continue with this purchase click Next, otherwise click Cancel.

    2. Wait while your request is processed. This process might take several minutes.

    3. Carefully read the terms of use.

    4. If you agree to the terms of use, check the I have read and agree to the terms of use check box.

    5. After your request has been approved click the Purchase button to finish the purchase or Cancel to cancel the purchase.

    If you have a discount code, click the Have a Promotion Code? Link (Figure 3.1), enter the promotion code in the dialog (Figure 3.2) and click OK. (Figure 3.3)
    For more information on promotion codes see the Promotion Codes section in this topic.

    Enter the promotion code then click OK
    Figure 3 - Promotion Code

  3. On the Thank You page, click Print if you want a hard copy of the subscription receipt for your records.

You are now subscribed to this dataset and can use it in accordance with the Publisher Terms Of Use. When you click the My Account tab then click My Data, this dataset appears as one you are subscribed to.

A publisher might, at times, elect to promote an offering by with a limited time discounted price on an offering. If you received a promotional discount code, you can apply that discount code in any of three ways.

  • On the Purchase page, enter the discount code via the Promotional Discount link.

  • On the Details page, add a parameter to the query URL.
    Example: http://datamarket.azure.com/dataset/5ba839f1-12ce-4cce-bf57-a49d98d29a44?x_promocode=<myPromoCode>

  • On the Checkout page, add a parameter to the query URL.
    Example: https://datamarket.azure.com/checkout/6c6f1096-e8a6-4a82-9916-2e91e8db01e6?x_promocode=<myPromoCode>

Once applied, the discount code is saved as a cookie on your computer. Thus, to receive the discounted price you must have cookies enabled on your computer.

After you subscribe to a dataset, there are additional resources available to you. Some of these resources are listed in the center pane of the dataset Thank You page and the Details page. To access the Details page, click the My Account tab then My Data. Find the dataset then click Use to the right of the dataset name.


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