Browsing is a great way to become familiar with the data that’s available on Enigma Public. Datasets are organized into collections, and the Enigma Public home page displays the top level collections on the left of the screen .

Viewing collections

Enigma Public includes tens of thousands of datasets that we’ve organized into a tree structure that groups related content (see How information is organized).

When you select a collection , you’ll see its sub-collections .

When you select a collection, the panel on the right displays information about that collection (the “collection metadata”), including:

A description of the collection

The date it was created and last updated (if applicable)

The Search Within Collection button prepopulates the “search in collections” field with the name of the current collection. For more information, see Searching for information.

Selecting a dataset

As you go deeper into Enigma Public, the collections become more specialized. Eventually you’ll reach the datasets with the information you’re seeking .

In the example above, the collection “New York City Department of Buildings” includes sub-collections and datasets . If you select a dataset (for example, “NYC Cellular Antenna Permits” ), you’ll see:

A description of the dataset

The number of rows and fields (columns)

Where the dataset resides in the collection hierarchy (click any blue collection name to navigate to that collection)

The “View” button, which lets you view the actual dataset

The “Save” icon, which lets you add the dataset to a personal collection

If you click the Lineage tab you’ll see the source URL and the date and time the dataset was created and last updated (if applicable)

If you click the Fields tab you’ll see a list of the fields in the most recent snapshot associated with this dataset.

Viewing a dataset

When you reach the datasets level and select a dataset, you can open the dataset by clicking the “View” button. For information about using the data viewer, see Viewing a dataset.