Project Data page

The Project Data page is the hub for each project. Collections, datasets, and raw data files are accessible here. The data organization system implements familiar concepts of paths and folders to organize and access data in Orion.

The Programming Guide has additional technical details about data handling in Orion.

Organizing and sharing data in folders

Users can organize the data according to the way they would like to share data among team members in a project. In addition, there are controlled data sharing capabilities among members in the project. To achieve these objectives, the following main folders are available to users.

My Data

The data in this location are private and only accessible by the user. However, these data still can be shared by moving the data to a Shared Space workspace. Data are put in My Data unless you specify otherwise in your upload.

Only you can see the data until you share it to the Team or Shared folders.

Team Data

The data in this location are available to all project members.

Shared Spaces

The data in this location are available to the project members selected by the user.


Orion provides automatic intraspection of files: hovering gives a depiction of the first structure, if the file contains small molecules, or a protein schematic if amino acids are present. Selecting one or more datasets creates an active dataset. Active datasets are carried forward to any feature domain (for example, moving to the Analyze page automatically populates the spreadsheet). The Project Data page also shows which filters are currently applied to the active data.

Project Data Page Layout



Add Data button

Allows users to add data by uploading files or sketching.


Allows users to search for collections, datasets, or files by name or tag.

Show bropdown

Allows users to show any assortment of collections, datasets, and files.

Sort by dropdown

Allows users sort by one of several options.

Datasets Table

Lists project datasets, sorted as specified by the Sort by: dropdown.

Trash Can

Repository for deleted datasets. To restore the dataset, click on the Trash Can, select the dataset, and drag it to the appropriate folder.

Another form of intraspection is available for small molecule files: the tile view. Activate the tile view by clicking the tileicon icon to the left of a dataset name. On completion of the browsing of structures, click Cancel, and you are returned to the originating page.


The tile view displays a panel list of structures, in 2D or 3D, with associated properties. It can be configured to display single structures, a side-by-side view, a grid compare view, or a grid view. Entries can be sorted by properties selected from all those available within the dataset. The tile view is designed for fast traversal; selected structures can form the basis of a selected set on leaving the page.

Video tutorial about project data

For more information on the use of the project data facilities, see


  • Datasets are stored within an AWS Postgres database. Files and collections are stored on AWS S3. If datasets, files, or collections are deleted, they are sent to the Trash Can. Anything in the Trash Can is deleted automatically after 30 days. In addition, users can delete items in the Trash Can immediately by selecting the “Delete permanently” option. Please consult the Orion Admin Guide for further details.

Discussion boards

You often need not only to share data with team members but also to discuss the results with them.

Discussion boards are accessed by “chat” icon (chat) on the Project Data page. If you select the icon, you get a display on the right side of the screen that will be familiar from other chat experiences you have used.

You can share links and images along with text comments, and discussions are preserved so you can revisit them.

For an introduction, see this training video:Introducing Discussion Boards

You can see further information in this training video:Using Discussion Boards.

Shared spaces

The items (workspaces) in Shared Spaces resemble folders, but they are actually file systems in their own right. The user interface enforces the differences between workspaces and folders.


With folders, access to data by others is determined by the folder you choose to use. For example, things in the Team Data folder are accessible to all members of the project team. For the workspaces within Shared Spaces, you can define a subset of users who have access to the workspace and its data. You can pick the users by use of the ws-access icon.

Move, Drag-and-Drop

The user interface does not show these actions for workspaces in the list of workspaces, because they cannot be performed.

Create and Rename and Delete

You can perform these actions on workspaces.

Inside a workspace

Folders created within a workspace behave as other folders do.


Workspace with contents


List of workspaces