Find datasets by keyword

Statistics.gov.scot offers a variety of ways to find data. This guide describes how to find an individual dataset by searching for keywords. Other guides are available for working with data in a dataset once you've found one you're interested in. For an overview of using the site, head to the Getting Started guide.

Searching by Keyword

Whether you want to view data in a tableview, download it, or find a specific data observation, you first need to find a dataset (a collection of related data). The quickest way to get to it is by using a keyword search.

The home page on the site has a search box that you can use to find datasets:

Alternatively, choose the search tab in the top toolbar from anywhere else, and select the Find data heading above the box. Enter keywords here to search for datasets with matching titles or descriptions.

In this example we’ll search for data about care.

When you search for a keyword, it takes us to a list of related datasets. The list of search results is in order of relevance:

In this example, I’m searching for the number of people receiving home care by age or gender. So click on the link to navigate to the Home Care Clients dataset.

Summary

  • Go to the search box on the homepage or to the search tab in the top toolbar. This will take you to a search box.
  • Enter a keyword. If you’re looking for a place or postcode, select the Find Places tab above the search box. More on getting to data via an area in the guides Understanding Atlas and Finding datasets by browsing area.
  • You get a list of related datasets, in order of relevance. Click on the link to view the dataset you're interested in.

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