Continuous Analytics & Resource Tables

Question: Does continuous analytics generate resource tables during all its runs or does it only generate resource tables during the “full update”.

Scenario: If someone edits metadata, will the changes be reflected in analytics with continuous analytics prior to the “full update” (with no cacheing, to make it clearer).

The docs are bit unclear from my reading

Continuous analytics table

The analytics tables job is responsible for generating and updating the analytics tables. The analytics tables are used as basis for data analytics queries in DHIS2. Apps such as dashboard, visualizer and maps retrieve data from these tables through the DHIS2 analytics API, and they must be updated in order for analytics data to become available. You can schedule this process to run regularly through an analytics table job type.

The continuous analytics table job is based on two phases:

  • Latest update: Update of the latest data, where latest refers to the data which has been added, updated or removed since the last time the latest data or the full data was updated. This process will happen frequently.
  • Full update: Update of all data across all years. This process will happen once per day.

The continuous analytics table job will frequently update the latest data. The latest data process utilizes a special database partition which is used to hold the latest data only. This partition can be quickly refreshed due to the relatively small amount of data. The partition will grow in size until a full update is performed. Once per day, all data for all years will be updated. This will clear out the latest partition.

The analytics table job will by default populate data for all years and data elements. The following parameters are available:

  • Full update hour of day: The hour of the day at which the full update will be done. As an example, if you specify 1, the full update will be performed at 1 AM.
  • Last years: The number of last years to populate analytics tables for. As an example, if you specify 2 years, the process will update the two last years worth of data, but not update older data. This parameter is useful to reduce the time the process takes to complete, and is appropriate if older data has not changed, and when updating the latest data is desired.
  • Skip resource tables: Skip resource tables during the analytics table update process. This reduces the time the process takes to complete, but leads to changes in metadata not being reflected in the analytics data.
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Looking at my logs - it would appear that resource tables are being generated by the scheduled Continuous Analytics job that fired. It would be good to have this confirmed by someone - I’m happy to add to the docs to make it more clear.


Would still be nice to have this confirmed and updated in the documentation