Search Data Connections

Begin exploring datasets and fields with this node graph tool that shows the relationships between datasets. The data included in this visualization corresponds only to the datasets and maps on Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) that are tagged ‘gocodecolorado’.

Separately from this viewer, the field descriptions included in this viewer can be downloaded in the Go Code Colorado GitHub Organization Knowledge Base.

For more details on how to get the most out of the viewer, see below.

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Getting Started
Search will get you started on a theme, and quite often a single search can lead to a lot of exploration. When at rest, the viewer shows an orange oval of all datasets with a pink rectangle showing the total dataset count. As an example, start with ‘business’ as a search term, and the viewer will automatically update the pink box to 20, representing that there are 20 datasets that have “business” somewhere in the metadata. From here it’s choose your own adventure

  • Option 1 – Click the ‘+’ sign to ‘show relationships’ and see that there are 215 field names related to the 20 datasets discovered by the search. Click the ‘-’ sign to ‘hide the relationship’.
    • Pick one of the 215 field names to continue the exploration. In this example, click the ‘+’ sign to ‘show relationship’ for the field name ‘fileid’ to see there are 89 datasets related to ‘fileid’ and 6 location relationships.
      • Explore more datasets
      • Explore more field names
  • Option 2 – Click the oval orange ‘dataset’ to expand the 20 datasets retrieved by the search (or click the term ‘dataset’ in the text at the bottom). Use the blue arrows to click through the datasets 10 at a time.
    • Pick one of the 20 datasets to see the associated fields names.
      • Explore more datasets
      • Explore more field names

Field Dexcriptions 1 Graph

This graph shows how fields and datasets connect to each other. The original view shows “Datasets” and the number in the bottom right is the ‘number of datasets’.

Field Dexcriptions 2 Dataset Contains Fields

See here that the dataset list “Contains” the list of fields. Clicking on the “+” sign shows the total relationships to the current node.

Field Dexcriptions 3 Browse Nodes


Select the bubble itself to browse through the list of nodes (in this case, fields) 10 at a time using the arrows. The list of fields is sorted by number of relationships highest to lowest, so the fields that link to the most datasets first.

Field Dexcriptions 4 Options And Filters

Select a filter to see the Datasets list drop from the full list (242) to the datasets that contain the field (66) specified in the filter. Click on the datasets icon to identify those individual datasets.


  • Info Bar – The totals on the left are static to reflect the total counts of datasets and fields
    • Datasets and Fields are from any one of the maps and datasets published to the CIM and tagged ‘gocodecolorado’.

Search Options

Search/filter using the Search Bar, Options, and Filters. These options compound unless otherwise specified, so if a search term is applied along with a filter, both the search term being present and the filter being true would have to occur for the dataset to be a “match”.

  • Search Bar – Use it to search for a dataset. Defaults to search all dataset information, use the options to change this, or to search fields instead.
  • Options
    • Search Fields: Limit what metadata fields you are searching, defaults to all
    • Search Formats:
      • Exact Match – limits results to exact string
      • Any Values – breaks the search string by spaces and searches individual words in an “OR” format
      • Regular Expression – follows regular expression protocol, use with discretion.
    • Include: Datasets (only search datasets) or Fields (only search fields)
  • Filters – Each filter individually is an “OR” statement, so if multiple categories are selected then datasets from either category will be seen. Filters on different groups compound, so if a category and an agency is selected, only datasets that are in that category AND published by that agency are shown.
    • Category
    • Agency
    • Data Refreshed

Dataset Details

Not all metadata was stored and searchable. For full metadata please use the link to the dataset in the details panel on the right. The information about datasets that is available to search/filter on is as follows:

  • Dataset title and description
  • Category – see full list in the filters dropdown
  • Provided by – Agency that manages the data, see full list in the filters dropdown
  • Detailed Description – Long description that is too detailed for the average user
  • Single Row – What does a single row of the data represent?

Sentence Structure

The text at the bottom of the viewer gives a human readable description of the visualization. For example: when the page loads, the text reads “Looking for ‘Dataset’”. Click the ‘+’ and select a  field (say ‘county’) similar to the above example, and it updates to “I’m looking for ‘Dataset’ Contains ‘county’”, thus providing a textual understanding of what is being searched.

Color Scheme

  • Orange Starting point type (all datasets or all fields)
  • Red Options to select from root    
  • Purple Selected item from root
  • Blue connection to root, 1 step removed
  • Black No values