RDS Explorer: Getting Started

The RDS Explorer allows you to browse record level data, create subsets by sorting and filtering, and download data for offline analysis. There are a lot of features packed into its user interface, so taking a moment to familiarize yourself with the layout will have you navigating data sets like a pro in no time. Check out our YouTube channel for video walkthroughs as well.



  • Dictionary View: Sometimes it’s not just about the data. Switch to dictionary view to see all variable metadata in one place.

  • Themes: Dark mode enthusiast? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With six themes to choose from, there’s one to fit every mood (or desktop setup).

  • Data Products: In RDS, a data product refers to a data set and its associated metadata. To see more information about a data product, you can either navigate back to the data product selection screen using the top icon in the left sidebar, or quickly view details and change data products on the fly, using the data product bar at the top (shown here in blue).


Variables and Packaging

  • Filtering: RDS allows for multiple filtering options to make data products more manageable and prepare them to fit your needs. You can filter based on variables you’ve selected (or left unselected), or based on values in the data. Learn more about how to effectively sort and filter in our https://mtnaus.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/RDSHD/blog/2020/05/20/970424325 tutorial.

  • Data Packaging: The RDS packaging service allows for downloading just the data you need in the format you need. After selecting your variables of interest, head to the variable packaging icon in the left sidebar to complete your download. Read our https://mtnaus.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/RDSHD/pages/956923905 tutorial for more information.


Data Dictionary

  • Toggling over to the Dictionary view allows for quick metadata browsing and variable selection. Many of the same features covered above in the Data view are also available in dictionary view. The screenshots below give an overview of the Dictionary view and its display and filtering options.