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Search & Browse

To find and explore reference entities, you can use Search . Simply start typing one or more search terms in the search bar.

  • Use asterics '*' or '?' wildcards.
    • '*' represents zero or more characters in a string of characters.
    • '?' represents any one character.
  • Use quotes "..." to search for exact matches
    • By default, Accurids performs fuzzy searches. You can surround a term in quotes if you want to get results matching the term exactly and without the fuzzyness applied.

Result View

Accurids performs an instant search with each character you type. Search results are represented by their respective preferred label and shown in descending order of their relevance regarding the search input. The respective dataset badge indicates the matching dataset. The number of results is displayed at the top of the table, as well as the number of datasets, in which the search item appears.

Click on a search result row to open the Preview for the metadata of the corresponding entity. Click to get to the Entity Details view where all information is displayed. A click on the box icon resolves the reference entity outside of Accurids.


Filters can be applied to restrict the search to specific datasets or based on specific metadata. Enter the filter dialog by clicking "Add filter +". To inverse the filter, hover over the applied filter badge and select Exclude matches.

Filter by Dataset

To restrict the search to a specific dataset, select DATASETS and choose a dataset from the dropdown menu.

You can also add dataset filters by clicking on any of the colored dataset badges.

Filter by Facet

You can filter the search for the presence or absence of specific metadata statements. To do that, select FACETS and select a predicate in the Filter field. Click the Value field to select from all avialable values for the selected predicate. A click on APPLY activates the filter.

There are four operator that can be use to filter the results.

  • IS to filter if chosen predicate exists with chosen value
  • IS NOT to filter out chosen predicate with chosen value
  • EXISTS to filter chosen predicate exists no matter the value
  • EXISTS NOT to filter out results that have chosen predicate

For specific predicates, the additional filter option Include class hierarchy is available. If this option is selected, the filter will also include the subclass hierarchy of the selected Value. This can be useful if you want to consider a specific subtree in your search.

Saving Searches

You can save your search incl. all applied filters by setting a bookmark in your browser. You can also share the URL with other users of the platform.

Entity Details View

In the search results, click to get to the Entity Details view where all information about an entity is displayed.

By default, the entity is displayed in a global view that aggregates all information related to the entity. One can (de)select datasets as needed and also focus on a local view that restricts the display of information to one dataset.

By using the search bar at the top right corner of the Entity Details View, you can search within the currently selected datasets. The colors next to the search results mark, in which datasets the entities where found.


Some datasets contain a tree structure. In that case, the entity details view includes a tree on the left, displaying the entity as part of the hierarchy.

The tree shows the full path from the dataset's root element to the selected entity. The parent entities on the path to root are highlighted. If the entity is present in multiple positions of the hierarchy, the different paths to root are shown as breadcrumbs on the right, which can be selected for display in the treeview. If the selected entity is not included in the tree hierarchy, it is displayed on top next to the root node.

To browse the tree hierarchy, click on the plus/minus signs. If there is no plus-sign, there are no sub-elements.

Compact Tree View

By clicking the two arrows next to the scroll bar on top of the tree view, you can minimize the tree view. This will then only show you the respective parent entities of the selected entity and therefore allows for a more compact overview.

Mappings View

If available, incoming and outgoing mappings are shown at the bottom of the Entity Details view. Outgoing mappings go from the currently selected entity to others, while incoming mappings are references from other entities. For more information, see Mappings.

Table View

The table view can be reached from the Datasets view by clicking . The table displays all entities contained in the dataset. By clicking SELECT COLUMNS, you can (de)select the properties to be shown. For further browseability, you can change the column order by clicking the column header and dragging it to the respective desired position, as well as choose the amount of rows displayed per page. By clicking you can switch again to the entity details view of the selected entity.