How to Use the Sidebar in Maps

The SPARC maps interface features a sidebar to locate datasets more easily.

The sidebar is a powerful tool that allows you to find datasets from within the Maps interface.

Working through this step-by-step guide will help you learn the sidebar features.

Step by step guide

Step 1. Open the sidebar by clicking on the chevron icon on the right side of the screen.


Open sidebar

Step 2. There are a number of controls within the sidebar:


Sidebar controls

A. The search panel searches within the current results shown in the sidebar.

B. The filter dropdown allows you to select certain criteria in order to filter the results in the sidebar.

C. The number of results that are returned based on the search terms and filter criteria.

D. An individual result shows you a number of pieces of metadata including the dataset title, the creators, the associated species (if applicable and set) and the ID of the dataset.

You also have different buttons depending on the contents of the dataset. Clicking on these buttons will either upon the dataset in a new tab or open the corresponding image, scaffold or simulation within the Map interface.

Step 3. We are now going to look at how filters work in detail.

We will start by opening the filter dropdown.


Open filter dropdown


Filter options

The filter dropdown contains multiple different criteria that you can select from, be it the anatomical structure you are interested in or the type of data you want to view.

Step 4. In this guide we will firstly select "Colon" from the Anatomical structure category.


Apply "colon" filter

From the image you can see that the results have reduced to 31 results.

Step 5. We will now apply a second filter and select "Pig" from the Species category.


Apply "Pig" filter

From the image you can see that the results have reduced to 10 results.

Filters work by applying the following rules:

  • Within categories the filter uses an OR condition
    example: "heart" OR "colon"
  • Between categories the filter uses an AND condition
    example: "rat" AND "lung"

Therefore, our example search is returning results for "colon" AND "pig"

Step 6. We will now use the Search box to further reduce the number of results. We will enter the term "oxide" in the search box.


Apply "oxide" search

From the image you can see that the number of results has reduced even further down to three results.

The search box works in conjunction with the filters. This means that the sidebar is returning results for "colon" AND "pig" AND "oxide."

Step 7. If you only wanted results relating to the search term "oxide" you can clear the filters by clicking on the small X next to each filter tag.


Remove filter tag

Removing both filters will then show all results that have the term "oxide."


"oxide" search results