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  1. Choose a filter or filters from one of more section, usually by selecting a radio button
  2. If presented with a list of options (e.g. Biological Community), move the option(s) you want from the "Available" to "Selected" pane, by: (a) Dragging and dropping, (b) Highlighting then clicking the "Add" button, or (c) double clicking the option.
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  3. As you set your filter criteria, the Number of Samples Returnedat the top of the screen is updated automatically and is shown below the "Next" button.
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  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all options of interest are "Selected"
  5. Optionally you may save your filter set using "Save Filter Set" button in the top right-hand area of the selection pane; this saved filter set can be sent to colleagues or uploaded and re-used or refined as needed
  6. When your filters are set, click the "Next" button located at either the top or bottom left-hand region of the pane to go to the Select Data Set(s) page.


The upper table lists the data sets containing data that match the criteria you set...

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The lower table lists other potential data sets with no records matching the criteria you set...

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STEP 3: Preview and Download


Preview each data set (one at a time) using the drop down list
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Select format criteria for downloading data sets (excel, delimited text of XML)
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Data Retrieval Details/Features