HolonIQ indexes collections of data unto units we call “datasets”. A dataset is a parcel of data - for example, it could be higher education enrolments for a region, the change in spending by government education department, or student loan balances for various states. When users search for data, the search results they see will be individual datasets.
A dataset contains three things:
Information or “metadata” about the data. For example, the title and publishing organization, date, what formats it is available in, what license it is released under, etc.
Tags that are relevant to the Dataset eg Country, Sector and Thematic
A number of “resources”, which hold the data itself. A resource can be a CSV or Excel spreadsheet, XML file, PDF document, image file, linked data in RDF format, etc. HolonIQ can store the resource internally, or store it simply as a link, the resource itself being elsewhere on the web. A dataset can contain any number of resources. For example, different resources might contain the data for different years, or they might contain the same data in different formats.