Search within Maps Engine

The search box lets you find items in your organization's Google Maps Engine catalog. Google Maps Engine matches the words or terms that you specify with the content of the Name, Description, and Tag fields of items in the catalog.

Each search is limited to the category that you've selected in the left navigation bar: Maps, Layers, or Source data. Searches are case-insensitive.

For a more precise search, click the blue arrow at the right side of the Search box to use Advanced Search, which has the following options:

Has the words...

Returns source data, layers, or maps whose Details pages include the specified words or terms in the Name, Description, and Tag fields. A match is returned if the query is a prefix of any word in the name, description, or tag. The query should be two or more characters long.

This search applies only to the metadata for catalog items, and not to the data inside. For example, if you search for Montana, the search results include items whose name, description, or tags include the string Montana. However, results would not include a map whose imagery shows Montana but whose Data details page does not explicitly mention Montana.

Google Maps Engine matches search strings on a character-by-character basis and does not expand queries as does. As a result:

  • A search for the string "map" matches a name, description, or tag with the word "mapping."
  • A search for the string "mapping" does not match a name, description, or tag with the word "map."
Tags Returns items whose Tags match the specified strings. You can specifiy multiple tags, separating them with commas. Spaces are allowed in each tag search term.

Your ability to get good search results is affected by tagging techniques in use in your organization. For information on tagging strategies and how they facilitate search, refer to Tagging Data.
Type Returns specified types of source data. This option is available only for searching source data.
Status Returns items with the specified status, including those with two status values. For example, if a map has been published and has the value Published but has also been edited and has the value Ready for processing, a search for either value returns the map.
In use Returns data sources or layers that are used or not used, based on the following criteria:
  • A data source is in use when it's included in a layer.
  • A layer is in use when it's included in a map.
Creator Returns catalog items created by specified users. Specify the email address of the user, including the @domain-name portion. For example, specify, rather than just joe.
Access list Returns items that are shared with the specified access list. You must be included in the access list in order to search based on the list.
Date range Returns items that were created or modified within a certain period of time.

Saved searches

You can save advanced searches under a custom name for later use. Your saved searches are listed in the left navigation column, along with the following commonly used searches:

  • Images
  • Images with errors
  • Published layers
  • Published maps

You can create custom searches based on these standard searches by following these steps:

  1. Click the name of the search (for example, Published layers).
  2. In the Search box, click the blue triangle to display the Advanced search dialog.
  3. Specify additional search options.
  4. Check the "Save this search as" box and specify a name. Press the blue Search button to save the search.
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