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How the search function works

The portal provides a metadata catalogue giving access to data from the institutions and other bodies of the EU. To facilitate reuse, these metadata are based on common encoding rules and standardized vocabularies.To learn more, see Linked Data.

Data are available in both human and machine readable formats for immediate reuse. You will also find a selection of applications built around EU data.To learn more, see Applications.

Open data: what are the benefits?

As a general principle, you can reuse data free of charge, provided that the source is acknowledged (see legal notice).Specific conditions on reuse, related mostly to the protection of third-party intellectual property rights, apply to a small number of data. A link to these conditions is displayed on the relevant data pages.

What is the portal for?

Another important goal of the portal is to engage with the user community around EU open data. You can participate by:

  • Who provides the data?
  • giving your feedback and suggestions, and
  • sharing your apps or the use you have made with the data from the portal.

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The Open Data Portal team

The search field on the data tab allows you to search for datasets using plain text or to look into particular fields of the datasets.

For the plain text option, the input text will be searched for within all the metadata fields. With the radio buttons below the search field it is possible to refine the behaviour of the search engine by selecting “all of these words”, “any of these words” or “the exact phrase”.

To search using a specific metadata field, the input string can be prefixed with the name of the field. For instance, to search for:

  • “forest” only in the title field, the query would be title:forest
  • "forest" only in the description, the query would be notes:forest
  • "forest" only as a keyword, the query would be tags:forest

To search for version number, modification or issue dates, the queries would be as follows:

  • version:4_4
  • modified=2014-02-27
  • issued=2014-02-21

The list of fields can be found on the worksheet specification (column CKAN fields).

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