Dataset Guide Help
Welcome to Dataset Guide, a powerful yet simple way to find time series, statistics, maps, visualisations and more.
The search feature helps you search millions of datasets hosted in thousands of datastores across the web. Follow these tips when searching to help you uncover datasets:
- Start with simple searches - use single words or short phrases, such as
quarterly estimates. Unlike generic search engines, only results containing those exact words will be returned.
- Search with wildcards - your search can be extended using wildcard characters:
? (question mark)searches for words that match with the single character replaced, e.g.,
* (star/asterisk)searches for 0 or more characters, e.g.,
- Use search phrases - a group of words surrounded by double quotes (a search phrase) searches for that phrase, for example
"road traffic" accident.
- Search logic - by default, a search returns results for all your search words and search phrases. In technical terms a search uses the logic
ORoperator. For example, a search for
"public sector" employmentis actually a search for
"public sector" OR employmentand entering either search will return the same results. Your search can also include logic
ANDoperators and logic
ANDmatches results where both terms exist, e.g.,
water AND qualityor
"land use" AND framework.
NOTexcludes documents that contain the term after NOT, e.g.,
finance NOT treasuryor
"arts council" NOT expenditure.
- Grouping - use parentheses/rounded brackets to control search logic. For example, a search for
(fire OR flood) AND mapwill return results that contain 'either the word fire OR the word flood' AND 'the word map'.
Filters help you focus your dataset searches. The following dataset search filters are available:
format- filters your search by resource format and can be one of
other. For example, to find 'taxi' datasets containing an image resource search for
taxi AND format:image
haspreview- filters your search to datasets that contain, or not, a preview and can be one of
false. For example, to find 'environment' datasets containing a datatable preview search for
environment AND haspreview:true
provider- filters your search by provider name. For example, to find 'gdp' datasets from provider 'Office for National Statistics' search for
gdp AND provider:"Office for National Statistics"
site- filters your search by site. For example, to find 'business rates' datasets from site 'data.yorkopendata.org' search for
business rates AND site:data.yorkopendata.org
updated- filters your search by date created/updated. For example, to search for 'government' datasets created/updated on 29th April 2021 (yyyyMMdd format for 29th April 2021 is 20210429) search for
government AND updated:20210429. To search for 'government' datasets created/updated between 1st January 2021 and 31st March 2021 search for
government AND updated:[20210101 TO 20210331]
usage- filters your search by usage and can be one of
other. For example, to find 'economy' datasets where usage is 'commercialallowed' search for
economy AND usage:commercialallowed. License information is derived automatically and you should refer to source for license information before using data.
You can use multiple filters in your search.
Some dataset resources may be previewed as datatables. A datatable contains columns where each column starts with a column name and is followed by rows of data. For example,
The search filter
colname filters your search by datatable column name. For example, to find datatables with column name 'fuel' search for