|Home Help Searching For Data
|The SSDB has two tools for the searching, viewing and downloading of data objects that reside with the SSDB's Digital Library. SSDBquery searches data that have been submitted since the launch of SSDB in 2005. SSDBlegacy searches older data and records of physical objects from before 2005. All the search tools can be launched by clicking on the left sidebar menu.
SSDBquery is a web-browser-driven text interface. Within this interface users can search for data related to a specific proposal or proposals, find specified data type(s), find data uploaded between specified dates, or data within a specified geographic region.
The result of a query is a table of results which, for each item, gives the proposal number, site name(s), data type, object type, file name, file size, and upload date. The table can be sorted (in ascending or descending order) by any of these categories by clicking on the column heading, making it easy to see, for example, which data have been submitted since a previous panel meeting.
Users can click on the filename to view the file, assuming the file is of a type that can either be viewed in a browser or by an appropriate plug-in on the user's computer. Otherwise files can be downloaded to personal computers, e.g., by right clicking (ctrl-clicking on a Mac) and choosing "Save Link As...". If a user cannot view or download a file, it is because that user does not have access to the associated proposal. With SSDBquery you can download only one file at a time.
SSDBlegacy provides a search interface for data, physical objects, and basic proposal and site information submitted before 2005, when the SSDB library was launched. Users can search by proposal numbers, site numbers, and a few additional fields like proponent name (for proposals) and filename (for digital files). Because there is less metadata available for the older objects, the search capabilities are not as broad.
Last Update: April 04, 2013