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How to use the search field on data pages

The search field on the home page and on the data pages allows you to search for datasets using plain text.

The system will search for the input text in all metadata fields.

You can limit your search by specifying certain metadata fields.

You can also refine your search using the buttons below the search field: ‘all of these words’, ‘any of these words’ or ‘the exact phrase’.

Following your search, a list of datasets matching your query will be displayed.

You can then refine your search further by sorting or filtering the results.


Initially, your results are sorted by relevance, i.e. how closely they match your search terms (priority is given to the titles of the datasets).

However, you can use the dropdown menu to change the sorting criteria.

Choose from the following options:

  • Relevance  the default option.
  • Most viewed  sort by the number of views of each dataset, most viewed first.
  • Most downloaded  sort by the number of downloads of each dataset, most downloaded first.
  • Title (A-Z)  sort by title, in alphabetical order.
  • Title (Z-A)  sort by title, in reverse alphabetical order.
  • Date updated  sort by the last modified date, most recent first.



You will find a list of filters to the right of your search results.

You can use these filters to customise your search and find exactly what you are looking for.

Choose from the following filters:

  • EuroVoc domains
  • publishers
  • EuroVoc concepts
  • keywords
  • resource formats
  • geographical coverage
  • language.




You can select multiple filters.

To remove a filter, just click on its name.



Multilingual aspects

The following metadata fields for datasets usually have translations in the 24 languages of the European Union, through controlled vocabularies and the EuroVoc thesaurus:

  • interoperability level
  • type
  • EuroVoc concepts
  • EuroVoc domains
  • geographical coverage
  • publisher
  • licence
  • status
  • language.

When creating datasets, data providers can also provide translations for the title, description and alternative title.

Boolean search

Boolean search is a type of search that allows you to combine keywords with operators (or modifiers), such as ‘AND’, ‘NOT’ and ‘OR’ to broaden and/or narrow your search.

AND’ includes both search terms. It corresponds to the option ‘all of these words’.



OR’ allows you to broaden your search with multiple terms. It corresponds to the ‘any of these words’ button.


Quotation marks (" ") are used to search for an exact phrase. They correspond to the "the exact phrase" button.



NOT’ excludes a specific term, for example 'machine NOT farm'

Parentheses or brackets are used to combine modifiers to create a more complex search.

Example: (machine NOT farm) NOT (transport OR equipment).