Uploading data takes place using your web browser. If you close your browser during upload, your data will stop uploading. The upload page (New Project page) tells you when your file is being uploaded (the Create Project button changes to Creating and Uploading...(may take a while)). When the upload is complete, a message is displayed on the page ("Success! Your data has been uploaded successfully. The documents will show up in the visualization once we have processed them.").
Don't worry, we're talking minutes here, not hours! Projects less than 20MB should load in less than 20 minutes.
Building or processing your project happens on our servers. After uploading the data, you can close your browser or turn off your computer... your project construction will not be affected. This is the part that may take a bit of time if you have alot of data. There will be a yellow status light in the Highlights page for that project, indicating that the system is processing your data. You can check "Send me an email when this project is finished building." to receive an email notification once your project is available.
The time it takes for Daylight to finish processing your project depends on a number of factors:
the average length of each document
the number of subsets you have
your Web browser and connection
Depending on the volume of data to be processed, the system typically takes several minutes to complete the operation. For example, processing 10,000 product reviews takes approximately 7 minutes. Extremely large volumes of data can take several hours.
Refresh your web browser in a few minutes to check if the project is ready to be explored. When this happens, the circle will display as green on the Highlights page.