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Guidance to search function

Guidance on the Climate-ADAPT Database Search function

The Climate-ADAPT Database (DB) content can be searched through two (not mutually exclusive) options: keywords and filters. The system allows a sequential search to filter the information according to the interests of the users.

Search by KEYWORDS

The search by keywords (free text search) lets you specify any particular terms you want to find. When you search by keyword(s), the search function looks for the word(s) that you entered  in a list
composed of the values of all the relevant metadata fields of the DB items (e.g. ‘acronym’, ‘title’, ‘description’, ‘sectors’, ‘climate impacts’, etc.). Therefore you get the DB items that contain the keyword(s) that you have entered.

Example – If you enter ‘Agriculture’ you will get all the DB items that have ‘Agriculture’ as tagged sector as well as those that include ‘Agriculture’ in the text (of e.g. ‘acronym’, ‘title’, ‘description’, ‘sectors’, ‘climate impacts’, etc.) of the DB item.

Search by FILTERS

Using the filters you may be selective (set specific constraints) about what DB items should be returned as search results. You can select only the features displayed on the left side of the of the DB page, namely: ‘Type of Data’, ‘Adaptation Sectors’, ‘Climate Impacts’, ‘Adaptation Elements’, ‘Countries’, and ‘Year’. You can select one or multiple filters and one or multiple filter criteria contemporarily (by ticking the relevant box(es)). You get the DB items that satisfy all the criteria that you have chosen.

  • The ‘Type of Data’ filter allows you to search for one or multiple types of DB items. (Example – If you want to retrieve only indicators, you can tick the box titled: ‘Indicators’ in the ‘Type of Data’ filter and the search results will contain only indicators).
  • The ‘Adaptation Sectors’ / ‘Climate Impacts’ / ‘Adaptation Elements’ filters allow you to retrieve only the DB items relevant to one or multiple ‘Adaptation Sectors’/‘Climate Impacts’/‘Adaptation Elements’ and related selected (one or multiple) filter criteria.
  • The ‘Countries’ filter can be used to select only the items related to one/more countries.
  • The ‘Year’ filter allows you selecting just the DB items (e.g. Projects) in a specific time interval to be entered (the default value being between 0 and 9999).

 Search tips

You are free to use either just one of the above described search options or combine both of them, depending on the objectives of the search you are doing. In principle:

  • if you want to explore the content related to a specific ‘Type of Data’ / ‘Adaptation Sectors’ / ‘Climate Impacts’ / ‘Adaptation Elements’ / ‘Countries’ / ‘Year’, it is advisable using the Search by FILTERS first, so as to narrow down the available options and screen some of the results, and then refining the search results using the KEYWORD(S);
  • if you want to explore the content related to a keyword, it’s best starting with the Search by KEYWORD, observing the types of results retrieved by the system, then directing the focus to the relevant parts of those results (e.g. a certain type of DB item), or narrowing down the results using the FILTERS. In general, since the keywords system doesn’t recognize synonyms or more advanced logics, it is advisable to explore several keywords when trying to find specific DB item(s).

 Display of search results

Regardless of the choice done to perform the search, the DB search results are by default sorted by date order, with the most recent date displayed first. However you can manually reverse the chronological order (by clicking on the ‘Year’ field). Also, you can alternatively sort these by date of actual inclusion in the DB (by clicking the ‘Published’ field) or alphabetically by their title (by clicking the ‘Title’ field), and also reverse the order.

The information retrieved from the DB is automatically displayed in 10 rows, but you can manually choose the number of rows to be returned (through the ‘Show [#] entries’ drop down menu).

 If you run into any problems, or have questions not addressed in this help file or the FAQ, don’t hesitate to contact us with your question.