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One of the fastest ways to locate resources of interest is to search for them using the search tools located in the upper left of any screen.

Perform a Simple Text Search

Use the search box located in the upper left of any screen to enter any text and then press Return/Enter on the keyboard to activate the search or click on the magnifying glass on right side of box (not shown in picture to the right) to initiate the search.

Simple Search Features

The following options are available:

  • Typing a string of words will return items with those words associated within any field.
  • Use "quotes" around the string to return items containing the exact word or phrase.
  • The tilda (~) is forgiving of small spelling errors or if user is unsure of spelling, i.e. ~salimity will return roughly what salinity would.
  • Use of the prefix field=, will limit the results to words found within that field, i.e. name=L1, returns all resources with L1 in the Name field. This term can help narrow down and limit results, use name=, description=, or lcstate= for name, description and lifecycle state respectively.
  • Entries are case insensitive.
  • The above tools can be combined with the OR term to join the results of both queries, i.e. salinity OR "pracsal". Any number of OR terms is allowable.
  • For more detailed searches there is support for raw queries or see the Advanced Search functionality below.

Perform an Advanced Search

Click on the Advanced Search button to initiate the available options.


Search by one or more of the following components (refer to highlighted boxes in the screen capture for the following explanations):

1: Map

Select the hand to use the cursor to move the map view around or select the shaded box to use the cursor to create a bound box to select a map region.

2: Spatially

2a: Drag an area in the search map to auto-populate the geospatial bounds to constrain the search geographically.

2b: Enter or adjust the latitude and longitudes of the geospatial bounds.

3: Vertically

Choose a range to search in the vertical bounding fields and select UP or DOWN.

4: Temporally

Choose dates to search in the temporal bounding fields. The dates are not inclusive in the range, so a To: date of 2014-04-09 includes 2014-04-08 as the last day in the range.

There are 3 types of temporal searches: temporal range, time updated, and time created.  The time updated, and time created can be applied to any resource type in the system.  The temporal range search only applies to observatories (sites), stations (sites), deployments, and data products. 

For observatories (sites), stations (sites), and deployments the resource attribute that is compared to the temporal range is Constraint List (this list must contain a TemporalBounds constraint for the search to compare it to the temporal range).  Only the first TemporalBounds constraint in the Constraint List is checked against the temporal range, all others are ignored.

For data products the attribute that is compared to the temporal range is Nominal Datetime.

5: Search Criteria

Enter search criteria by resource attribute (like name or description) and the search value of interest. Some resource attribute types show a drop down menu of choices. Other resource attribute types utilize an open text box with comparative search options to choose from such as contains, matches, etc.

The '+' symbol will activate an additional search criteria line.

Multiple search criteria lines are searched as AND, so that all criteria must be applicable to be returned in the search.

Use the 'x' to remove unwanted search criteria lines.

6: Activate Search

Click Search to proceed. Or Cancel to close window.


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