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Data viewer quickstart guide

The data viewer provides a convenient way to explore the data provided on this site.

Data can be viewed in a number formats (JSON, CSV, XML and RDF) as well as HTML. Even if you are planning to use one of the other formats, the HTML presentation is very useful as an aid to getting familiar with the data.

Start here

The best place to start exploring the data on this site is to click on the following link:

http://business.data.gov.uk/companies/profile

This link leads to a page that contains information about the first 10 registered companies returned from the data store.

Once you have a page of data you may follow the links on the page to find more data, either:

  • data dictionary information about the properties and classes used to express the data on the page
  • more data about an item referenced by a link on the page
  • more data about a particular item listed on the page

Some of the links you follow may take you to different sites. This occurs especially when properties and classes that that have been defined elsewhere and have been reused on this site. It also happens in the case of links to information published by other publishers. The presentation of information at these other sites is likely to differ from the presentation of information given here. This is very similar to the situation that arises when you follow a link from one web site to another.

The next section describes the tabular format in which the data is laid out on the page.

Main data panel

The main data panel displays information about one or more items laid out in a tabular format.

Typically each item is presented in a box that bears both a label for the item and its identifying URI. Each item is described as a series of property/value pairs within the enclosing box, properties to the left and their values to the right. Some properties have simple literal values, while others have references to more complex resources.

When a property references another resource, details of that resource may be presented either in a nested tabular form, or simply as a link which if followed leads to further details of the referenced resource.

Within the tabular presentation, properties also have links which lead to a definition of the corresponding property.

Adjacent to most property values is a menu box that can be used to refine the selection of items presented on the page. Refinements include being able filter by property value or, in the case of numbers and dates, by value range.

Viewer property values pop-up menu

Header bar controls

At the top right-hand side of the page header bar there are some controls that can be used to control various aspects of the presentation. Because the header bar is locked to the top of the display regardless of how far down the page you have scrolled, it is always available for use where ever you have navigated to on the page.

On-Page navigation

Viewer On-Page Navigation

On-page navigations enables you to quickly skip between the items on the page.

Page controls

Viewer Page Controls

Page controls enables you to advance forward or backward through the page sequence, to contol the page size (the number of entries on a page) and to return to the first page.

Format controls

Viewer Format Controls

Format controls enable you to retrieve the data on the current page in a variety of formats. Depending on your browser it may attempt to save a file of the selected format, launch a program to open it or attempt to display it within the browser.

View controls

Viewer View Controls

View controls control the level of detail displayed on the page. Different pages may offer page specific views which are generally named to indicate their purpose.

Built-In views Description
basic Displays simple type and labelling information for main items on the page.
description Displays all the properties of the each of the main items on the page.
all Like the description view but displays the labels of other items referenced by the page instead of the trailing part of their identifier (URI).