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Understanding search results

After you run a search your results are presented in a list of resources with detailed information about each of them. In the example below, the search term was "bee". Below the search bar you can see that the search returned 325 results associated with me or with an organization to which I belong. If I wanted to expand the results set, I could check the box on the upper right to include results from the rest of the community (723 total). If you are not in any organizations, there won't be an option to include community results because you will already see all the community results. Alternatively I could limit my results to a particular resource type by selecting the dropdown menu next to All resource types.

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Each item in the results list is shown on a resource card that contains an appropriate set of information and actions for that resource type. In the list above, the first result was a person with the username @bee. On that result card is a link to the user's profile and a link to follow the user. The next result card is for a dataset:

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At a glance you can see that there is a lot more information on this card including:

  • An icon for the type of resource it is (see our guide to icons for details on all the resource icons on data.world)

  • The title, creator, and owner

  • Details on when it was last updated

  • Your role in the dataset or project (if applicable)

  • The description of the resource

  • How many projects it's used in (for datasets)

  • How many linked datasets it has (for projects)

  • How many files and tables it contains

  • The tags used on it

  • How many people use or follow the resource(bookmarks)

  • A link to the discussions page for it

The additional information on your search results can be useful for determining whether a resource is a good fit for your project. Format, source or provenance,recency, and frequency of citation or popularity are all useful metrics for evaluating data. See our article on evaluating search results for details.