Query Help

This page will provide some useful information about query tools. The Browse tool on this website uses key:value pairs for searching, which allows granualar querying. Letter case does not apply, so all of the following can be used with any combination of lowercase or capital. For sake of conveneince, all examples will be using lowercase keys, and all other capitalization in values will be appropriate to the specific words (proper nouns, etc.). Below are a list of key:value pairs that can be used:


By default, any text that you enter without a key is assumed to be part of the description, much like running a search in a normal web search engine. This text will be queried against all major fields. But if you know that there is a specific key you want to access, you can include that here. Description can take any string of characters, and will always process entries as a string. If you include any spaces, put multi-word strings inside quotation marks (double or single). You can use either the full word "description", the abbreviation "desc", or the single character "d" as the key for Description.



desc:"Lights in the sky"


d:"Hairy Hominid"


The next key is Location, which is queried at the root by coordinate values. You can use names of states, cities, or coorinates (in DD format) for values. For the key, you can use the full word "location", the abbreviation "loc", or the single character "l".




loc:"Portland, Oregon"

l:"39.32924 -82.10126"


Next up is Time, which uses either "time" or "t" for key format. Values default to 24-hour format, but can be in 12 hour format with AM or PM suffixes. A range can be provided. By default, the query will search for exact matches, but if you'd like, you can provide an tolerance, using the "+-" indicator, followed by an amount of time, in colon-separated format.




t:"2PM - 3PM"

t:"16:00 +-0:05"

time:"3AM +-1:00"

ID Numbers

Next is ID. Each entry is assigned a sequential global ID number, which means that there are no duplicate ID numbers. You can search for individuals, or a range.