After searching or browsing for datasets you may wish to filter the list to further narrow the results. A search can be filtered by resource file format, group, organization, tag, or license, or any combination of these. Filters are found on the left side of the search page.


Organization and Group filters are seen at the left

Filtering by Format

Since resources can be provided in multiple formats, clicking on one format in the left panel will filter the results to show only datasets with resources distributed in that format. You may further filter the results by selecting additional formats; only datasets containing resources with both file formats selected will be returned.


Here only datasets with resources in both PDF and KML formats will be returned.

Filtering by Group/Category

Since datasets may be related to multiple collections/groups, clicking on one group will filter the results to show only datasets of that collection/category. However you may filter further to show those resources from the originally selected group that also fall into and one or more additional groups.

Filtering by Organization

Each dataset is linked to a single organization. While you can filter by organization, it is not possible to select a second organization filter as no dataset has two organizations.

Filtering by Tag

Each dataset has a number of keyword tags associated with it. You can filter search results by tags; as many tags as desired can be used as filters.


Here only datasets tagged with both ‘sockeye’ and ‘chinook’ will be returned.

Filtering by License

Datasets in the SSDC may have a license associated with them. Clicking on one of the license type will filter the results to only show datasets with that license. If a dataset does not have a license type assigned to it, it will be automatically be categorized as “License Not Specified.”

Using Multiple Filter Categories
Multiple categories of filter can be chosen. For example, a search can be filtered by tags, file formats, and groups. The selected filters will be displayed at the top of the search page.


Here the search displays only datasets in the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy organization, with a PDF file format resource, and tagged with ‘surface water’

To Clear Selected Filter(s)

1. At the top of the results, click the X next to the format you wish to remove from the filter.

2. Or click the X to the right of the format in the left hand panel.

Other Filtering Tips

If you want to use a filter that is not listed, click on the “Show More …” button at the bottom of each filter category. If the desired filter term still does not appear, add the topic of interest into the search bar. The filters most related to the search topic should now appear in the list of filters. Tags are used to characterize a dataset by date range or geographical extent. Click here for a list of defined keyword tags currently in use on the Skeena Salmon Data Centre.

To control the order in which results are listed, there are 5 options to choose from: Relevance, Name Ascending, Name Descending, Last Modified and Popular. Select the “Order By:” option just under the search bar to set how the results of the searches will be displayed.


The results of the search ordered from most to least popular.

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