Searching for Information

Information about the Trinity River restoration program is stored in a repository, and has been organized into three broad categories: documents, meeting materials, and data.  These three types of information are listed below the Search text box, each with an associated checkbox.  You can control the scope of your search by checking one or more of these checkboxes. Checked categories are included in the search scope.

The information categories in the ODP are:

Documents Reports, letters, position papers, presentations, theses, audio files, etc.  Formats include Word and Excel files, PDF files, MP3 files, and links to other web pages.
Meeting Materials Meeting notifications and associated information.
Data Includes tabular data for specific locations, and data packages; data packages consist of one or multiple data files bundled into one compressed file (e.g., ZIP).
Online Maps Not yet available.

You can search the Online Data Portal just like you would an Internet search engine. Enter keywords to look for documents, meetings, data packages and tabular data. Some general rules of thumb are:

  • All searches are case insensitive.
  • Checking the “data” checkbox will return data packages and tabular data.
  • The Online Data Portal search looks for every word in your search string.

For example, searching for fish habitat will return content that contains both of the words fish and habitat, regardless of whether these words appear adjacent to each other. A few exceptions to this rule: short words, conjunctions, prepositions and individual characters or numbers are ignored. So is the dollar sign ($).

  • Searching with no text will return all content for the requested data type(s).

The following advanced search options can also be used:

  • The OR operator

By default, the search considers all words in your search. But if you want to search for either of several words, you can use the OR operator. For example, searching for coho OR temperature will return content that includes either the word coho or the word temperature.

  • Phrase search (“”)

By putting double quotes (“) around a set of words, you are asking the search to look for a specific phrase. The returned content must include your phrase, with the words adjacent to one another and in the exact order you specified. For example, “annual report” will return content that includes the exact words “annual report”, in that order.

  • Terms to exclude (-)

Placing a minus (-) sign immediately before a search word tells the search that you don’t want to see any results that contain that word. The minus (-) operator acts only to exclude rows that are otherwise returned by another search term. Thus, a search that contains only terms preceded by a minus sign will not be understood and will return an empty result (this search will NOT return “all rows except those containing any of the excluded terms”). The minus sign must be immediately before a word and preceded by a space and another search term. For example, Trinity -River will return content that includes the word Trinity but does not include the word River.

  • The wildcard (*)

By default the search looks for inflectional variations of your search terms (such as -s, -ed, -ing). Searching for count will also return counts, counted, and counting. You can expand your search even further using the wildcard (*) character. Searching for coun* will return all the same variations of count because they all start with coun but in addition your search will return content that includes the words county, council, or country etc. You can only use the wildcard at the end of a search term. Leading wildcards will be ignored.