A generalized faceted search application. Used for BICCN
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Faceted Search

A generalized faceted search for use across all of the allen institute sites. It has these components:

  • data-table
  • checkbox-filter
  • filter-box-list
  • filter-box
  • text-search
  • data-store-[and associated data stuff]

exports all data-store, data-tables, filter-box, text-search


  1. git clone http://brandonb@stash.corp.alleninstitute.org/scm/aib/faceted-search.git
  2. npm i
  3. npm run start


Please use pull requests when adding features or making changes. If you need to update data-tables don't forget that it is used without faceted search in several places, so don't go breakin' things.


The FacetedSearch application uses a composite config to provide configuration values to each of the components in addition to providing the necessary information to make a query on that components behalf. The next few sections will detail each of the discreet configs within the composite.

const config = { 


Component Configs

Each component config within the root config should be defined following this pattern:

const config = {
    'my-component': {
        componentDefinition: 'my-component',
        componentProp: 'prop-values'

componentDefinition: This is a reference to one of the definitions located in the componentDefinition file. This allows us to create different queryBuilder, dataTransform, and component compositions to support a wide variety of requests and data models.

componentProp: Using this config you can pass component props directly to the component. As an example:

const config = {
    'counts': {
        componentDefinition: 'counts',
        position: 'right'

Here we're passing the property/value position: 'right' directly to the counts components indicating that it should render its individual counts from right to left.


  • Providing a property named data will throw an error.


The network section of the config is used to define how and where we make a graphql connections. Currently this contains only one value: uri

const config = {
    'network': {
        uri: 'http://my-graphql-server.org/'

Unit Counts

The unit counts section provides values indicating which units to watch and where to position the counts within the widget.

const config = {
    'counts': {
        componentDefinition: 'counts',
        unitsToWatch: ['brains', 'cells'],
        position: 'left'

componentDefinition: see Component Configs.

unitsToWatch: These are the units to request the counts for. I.e. Brains, cells, or whatever (future).

position: this property gets passed directly to the component and determines how the counts are arranged inside the component

Data Table

The data table takes in several properties that allow us to shape the table and indicate what it should display.

const config = {
    'data-table': {
        componentDefinition: 'data-table',
        schema: [
                column: 'Species',
                type: 'string',
                key: 'genusSpecies.name'
                column: 'Grant',
                type: 'string',
                key: 'grant.name'

All of these properties can be found in the styleguide.

schema: This is a description of which columns to render such as data type, key, and friendly name. order-by: no longer available here, this has been moved to the state store's config (see below) data: static data is not supported by the faceted search

Filter Box

The Filter Box takes in several properties only one of which is available on the config.

const config = {
    'filter-box': {
        componentDefinition: 'filter-box',
        showFilterTextSearch: true

showFilterTextSearch: A bool indicating if the user should be able to search the filters using a text box.

State Store

The state store allows you to specify a default ordering for query results

const config = {
    'state-store': {
        order-by: ['genusSpecies', 'grant', 'principalInvestigator', 'modality', 'technique']

orderBy: A list of graphql property names to sort by. This will act like SQL where whatever is in spot [0] takes precedence over anything with a higher indice value. Example: using the above sort-by mice will always be grouped and humans will always be grouped.

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