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Here you can find answers to 17 questions about this site, including guidance on some of its more advanced features.

For more answers to other frequently asked questions, see our FAQ categories links in right column.

category: questions about filtering

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Filter options are available on many pages, designed to help you create your own views of content in ways highly adaptable to your specific interests.  Once you have used filter options to create your own customised overviews of content related to tags, you can also download content and metadata related to your custom overview in various formats.

We suggest that you consider using filter options when:

  • tag overviews list many items and you wish to focus on sub-sets as these would be easier to scan
  • you have strong interests in specific types of content (for instance, feature articles or review)
  • you would like to combine multiple filters to narrow the focus to content associated with various combinations of tags

As illustrated below, we have set filter option tabs hidden by default to make it easy to concentrate on what's most of interest. Whilst we expect that you will find some  filter options useful, we also understand that you above all are interested in the content itself (rather than in ways that it can be filtered and presented).

Subsequent FAQs in this 'filtering' category provide tips about how to display and use filter options, either one-by-one or in combinations

Screenshot: Filters available hidden by default
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We provide a range of filter options on tag overview pages to help you narrow your focus to specific topics of interest.

As illustrated below, to reveal filter options on tag overview pages you can select 'Filters available' tab link.

You can hide filter options by selecting again 'Filters available' tab link.

Screenshot: Displaying options in 'Filters available' tab
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'Filter by term' can help narrow the focus of tag overview pages so they present sets of tags related to your specific interests.

As illustrated below (in keywords overview),  you can set up a filter to focus on 'rdf' so that only terms including the string 'rdf' are displayed:

  • 'rdf'
  • 'rdfa'
  • 'rdfs'

As this example illustrates, 'Filter by term' can accept partial strings.

To extend this further, you can also use this same filter to look for two (boolean 'OR') strings. For example, you could have this filter look for 'semantic rdf'. In that case, the filter list results such as:

  • 'semantic web'
  • 'semantic technologies'
  • 'rdf'
  • 'rdfa'
  • 'rdfs'

By using partial or multiple strings (boolean 'OR'), you can adjust filtering options in tag overviews to narrow or expand focus.

Screenshot: Filtering tag overview to display related terms: 'rdf'
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Filters on tag overview pages are designed to reduce the number of articles displayed and narrow the focus to content matching your specific interests.

As illustrated below (in example of 'feature article' filter activated on content tagged with 'open access'), activated filters can result in:

  • actual number of articles displayed in a tag overview (in example screenshot: 90)
    being less than
  • total articles associated with a specified tag (in example screenshot: 193)

Whenever this actual number of article displayed is less than total articles tagged, you should keep in mind that you are viewing a sub-set of content available.

As described in our FAQ explaining how to re-set filters, it's easy to remove filters so that you can review all content associated with a tag.

Screenshot: Feature articles tagged with 'open access'
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You can easily remove filter settings and return to a complete overview of tags at any time.

As illustrated below, on many pages we provide a convenient shortcut:

  •  select the 'remove all filters' link
  • automatically the page reloads and displays all available content associated with a tag

Alternatively, you can also do this:

  1. empty filter fields that you do not wish to use
  2. select 'Apply'
  3. when the page reloads, it displays all available content associated with a tag
Screenshot: Remove all filters link
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'Filter by term' can help you narrow the focus to one or more specific terms of interest.  

Simply follow this procedure:

  • specify in the 'Filter by term' field your term(s) of interest
  • select 'Apply' to check for articles tagged with your filter term 

See our FAQ explaining how to find related sets of tags for more tips about using this 'Filter by term' option.

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'Filter by author name' can help you narrow the focus to one or more authors of interest. Simply follow this procedure:

  • specify in the 'Filter by author name' field any name(s) of authors
  • select 'Apply' to check for relevant author tags 

Note that with this option you can specify either a complete name or part of a name. In cases where only part of a name is specified, this filter returns all tags including the partial string you have specified. 

Where it is available, the 'Filter by names starting with ...' option can help you divide sets of author names into smaller, more easily scanned alphabetical chunks.  You can use this procedure:

  • specify in the 'Filter by names starting with ...' field any letter of the alphabet (or first letters of author names that you are interested in)
  • select 'Apply' to check for author names of interest 
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'Filter by article type' lets you zoom in on content when you are looking for a specific type of article.  Here is a list of article types available, with links to overviews of all articles within each category:

As illustrated below, you can use a 'Filter by article type' option in tag overview pages to narrow down a list of articles related to a tag. Using this filter in effect provides a double filtering: showing articles of a specified type that have been associated with a given tag.

When you use the 'Filter by article type' field to specify your preference, as you start typing the field automatically tries to show you available article types. You can then select 'Apply' to see an overview including only content of your preferred article type.  

In some cases you may find it useful to apply combinations of filters specifying keyword, organisation, project, author, and issue number options.  Each of these options, as well as some filter combination examples, are explained in FAQs that follow.

Screenshot: Filter by article type
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'Filter by keyword' helps you discover content related to a specific term of interest.  

By using a 'Filter by keyword' field (near top of overview pages), you can narrow down a list of articles related to a tag. Using this filter in effect provides a layered filtering: showing tagged content related to a specified keyword tag.

Specify in the 'Filter by keyword' field your term of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags) and then select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your filter term. 

As illustrated below, in some cases you may wish to combine filters.  If you would like to find every 'feature article' mentioning 'dublin core', for example, then you could use activate both article type and keyword filters as in the example below.

Screenshot: Filter by keyword
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'Filter by organisation' helps you discover content related to a specific organisation of interest.

By using a 'Filter by organisation' field (near top of overview pages), you can narrow down a list of articles related to a tag. Using this filter in effect provides a layered filtering: showing tagged content related to a specified organisation tag.

Specify in the 'Filter by organisation' field your term of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags) and then select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your filter term.

As illustrated below, in some cases you may wish to combine filters. If you would like to find every 'event report' mentioning 'dublin core' as well as the organisation 'cetis', for example, then you could activate three filters specifying article type, keyword, and organisation as in the example below.

Screenshot: Filter by organisation, cetis tag example
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'Filter by project' helps you discover content related to a specific project of interest.

By using a 'Filter by project' field (near top of overview pages), you can narrow down a list of articles related to a tag. Using this filter in effect provides a layered filtering: showing tagged content related to a specified project tag.

Specify in the 'Filter by project' field your term of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags) and then select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your filter term.

As illustrated below, in some cases you may wish to combine filters. If you would like to find every 'event report' mentioning 'dublin core' as well as the organisation 'cetis' and the project 'iesr', for example, then you could activate four filters specifying article type, keywordorganisation, and project as in the example below.

Screenshot: Filter by project, 'iesr' project tag
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'Filter by author' helps you discover content related to a specific author of interest.

By using a 'Filter by author' field (near top of overview pages), you can narrow down a list of articles related to a tag. Using this filter in effect provides a layered filtering: showing tagged content related to a specified author tag.

Specify in the 'Filter by author' field your person of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags) and then select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your specified author.

As illustrated below, in some cases you may wish to combine filters. If you would like to find every article mentioning 'metadata' by the author 'paul walk', for example, then you could activate two filters specifying keyword and author tags as in the example below.

Screenshot: Filter by author, 'paul walk' author tag
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'Filter by issue number' helps you discover content related to a specific Ariande issue of interest.

By using a 'Filter by issue number' field (near top of overview pages), you can narrow down a list of articles related to a tag. Using this filter in effect provides a layered filtering: showing tagged content related to a specified issue number tag.

Specify in the 'Filter by issue number' field your issue of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags) and then select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your specified issue number.

As illustrated below, in some cases you may wish to combine filters. If you would like to find every article mentioning 'linked data' in the issue number 'issue67', for example, then you could activate two filters specifying keyword and issue number tags as in the example below.

Screenshot: Filter by issue number, 'issue67' example
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'Filter by city or town' can help you discover articles by authors based in specific locations.

By using this option (in the 'Filters available' tab of author overview pages), you can narrow down a list of authors to focus on those associated with cities and towns of interest. 

Follow this procedure to activate this filter:

  • Specify in the 'Filter by city or town' field your place of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags)
     
  • Select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your specified location.
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'Filter by country' can help you discover articles by authors based in specific locations.

By using this option (in the 'Filters available' tab of author overview pages), you can narrow down a list of authors to focus on those associated with countries of interest. 

Follow this procedure to activate this filter:

  • Specify in the 'Filter by country' field your place of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags)
     
  • Select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your specified location.
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'Filter by domain' can help you discover articles by authors working in specified professional domains.

By using this option (in the 'Filters available' tab of author overview pages), you can narrow down a list of authors to focus on those associated with domains of interest. 

Follow this procedure to activate this filter:

  • Specify in the 'Filter by domain' field your place of interest (as you start typing, the field automatically tries to show you relevant tags)
     
  • Select 'Apply' to check for content tagged with your specified location.
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As illustrated below, small question marks near filter names provide direct links to relevant FAQs explaining how each filter works.

If you are considering use of a filter and would like some guidance, you can follow its question mark link for a brief explanation plus tips about how it could be used in combination with other filters.

Screenshot: Links to guidance filtering options


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