About Datastore Search
Datastore Search replaces IATI’s previous Query Builder tool and can be accessed at the same URL: iatidatastore.iatistandard.org/. The new tool offers a range of additional functions to enable complex queries of data published to the IATI Standard:
- Robust free text searches: users can use an online web-search style interface to search for IATI activities using keywords
- Flexible searching: users can select data across any combination of elements or attributes in the IATI Activity Standard
- Extended access: Datastore Search is not paginated so users can download thousands of rows of data at once
- Access of element definitions: Users can hover over any element of the IATI Standard and access its definition
Today’s launch follows the release of the Datastore version 3 API in January, which enables organisations to import IATI data into their internal technical systems and external tools. By building Datastore Search on the Datastore version 3, the tool is able to return data that is updated in less than 24 hours and is valid (only data that aligns to the schema of the IATI Standard is provided by the Datastore).
Join a demonstration of Datastore Search tool 22 March, 3pm UTC
Find out more about the features of Datastore Search by joining a meeting of IATI’s Data Use Working Group on Tuesday 22 March at 3pm UTC. IATI’s Technical Team will provide a demonstration of the tool and how to use it to access complex data sets to inform your work. Please keep an eye on the DUWG group on Connect for joining instructions: https://iaticonnect.org/DUWG/stream
A recording of the demonstration will be posted online after the meeting.
Feedback and additional Support
The first release of Datastore Search offers the ability to filter IATI data by all elements and attributes within the IATI Standard. Users are encouraged to contact the IATI Technical Team with suggestions for additional features and guidance. To gain support to use Datastore Search or for any other data use queries contact the IATI Technical Teaml: email@example.com. Alternatively, visit the Data Use Query Corner on IATI Connect to learn how to solve data queries with IATI data and post questions to the IATI community.
By launching Datastore Search, IATI is helping to meet the needs of data users who have existing knowledge of the IATI Standard and want to download raw IATI data for analysis. This year, IATI’s Secretariat will focus on developing a new version of IATI’s data visualisation tool, d-portal, to make IATI data more accessible and useful to less technical and new audiences. In identifying the requirements for d-portal version 2, including how data is processed and visualised on the tool, the Secretariat will ensure that it complements and not duplicates the functions of Datastore Search.
Stay updated with the Technical Team’s work by engaging with IATI’s Technical Community of Practice on IATI Connect.
Dear S. Vaessen , Siem, to be honest and frank, the reasons to have 'another' Datastore have already been clarified. IATI invites and encourages the community to use the IATI datastore's API and the current front end. All suggestions for improvement and additional or altered functionality are welcome. Important as these can also inform the requirements of a new version of d-portal, the secretariate will be developing in the coming year. Leo
Hi leo stolk it's never been clear against what specifications the new Datastore was developed and in all honesty the Secretariat has been pretty vague about it underlying requirements and basically V3 was developed in silo.
Just scanning the original ToR from 2018 that served as the package of requirements for vendors it seems V3 of the Datastore is missing a bunch of features that somehow conveniently were not taken into account for V3 hence that V3 having less functionality than V2 (USD conversion usd being one feature not included).
This ties back into my earlier point on fair competition: how can an initiative like IATI that pretends to uphold all sorts of principles on transparency and accountability not conclude the process for developing V3 was simply unfair and very arbitrary as it did not follow the original ToR. Frankly not really fair play.