Browsing Enigma Public

Browsing is a great way to become familiar with the data that’s available on Enigma Public. There are two ways to browse content in Enigma Public:

Browsing by tag

Enigma Public uses tags to define content categories. The home page displays the available tagged categories on the left of the screen. Click “See more” to view the complete list.

When you select a tag , you’ll see the collections and datasets that have been assigned to that category.

From here, you can view sub-collections and datasets as described below.

Browsing by collection

Datasets are also organized into collections. If you scroll down within the left pane, you’ll see the top level collections.

The Personal Collections section is where you can bookmark collections and datasets for quick access. For details, see Using personal collections.

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)

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.