Looking up the catalog¶
OpenDataSoft lets you find datasets with a rich search based experience. The catalog is often accessible via the Explore or Datasets link on the header menu. It allows to filter through all the portal’s datasets by keyword, publisher, date or theme, among others.
Filtering the catalog¶
On the left hand side of the catalog sits the filtering menu. It allows the user to sort the dataset list by date or title, and to filter it with precision.
Full text search¶
The text box filters the list thanks to a full text search across all the datasets. It means it will show any dataset that contains the searched text in any of its metadata.
Type the searched text in the box and click on the magnifying glass pictogram to filter the list via a full text search.
Datasets are often closely related to a geographic area, be it a country, a city, a district, etc.
The map filters the list by location. It will only show datasets that contain geographic data (geopoints or geoshapes mainly) inside the selected rectangle on the map.
Click on the little rectangle button on the top left of the map to select the drawing tool, and draw a rectangle on the area you want on the map to activate the filter. To cancel a selection, just click on the rectangle button again.
This feature can be enabled in the back office, in the
Configuring section, under the
Configure catalog & dataset pages link. See Configure catalog & dataset pages for more details.
Under the geographic search map, there is a list of selectable filters sorted by category. They are constructed from the datasets metadata and enable the user to filter all the datasets that have the same attributes like language, theme, keywords, publisher, date, among others.
Click on the values you want to use to filter the dataset list. For some categories like keywords and themes, it is possible to select multiple values, and for some others like modification date, the selection is hierarchical. For example, selecting a year will let you to choose the month.
In the case of keywords, you can also click on them directly on a dataset card to filter the catalog on that keyword.
The catalog filters of a portal can be customized, including which filters are proposed, the order of the filters, and how to order the suggested values. Please contact us for more information.