What is Quandl's nomenclature system for data?

Each database on Quandl has a short (3-to-6 character) database ID.  For example:

  • CFTC Commitment of Traders Data: CFTC
  • Core US Stock Fundamentals: SF1
  • Federal Reserve Economic Data: FRED

Each database contains many datasets.  Datasets have their own IDs which are appended to their parent database ID, like this:

You can jump directly to any database page on Quandl by going to www.quandl.com/DATABASE_ID. For example, you can jump directly to the CFTC Commitment of Traders database by going to www.quandl.com/CFTC.

Similarly, you can jump directly to any dataset page on Quandl by going to  www.quandl.com/DATABASE_ID/DATASET_ID. For example, you can jump directly to the dataset for Commitment traders for wheat by going to www.quandl.com/CFTC/W_F_ALL.

Database and dataset IDs are sometimes also referred to as Quandl Codes.

Note that dataset IDs are not guaranteed to be unique across databases. For example,  SHFE/CUG2014 is not the same as MCX/CUG2014. Thus, you need both the database code and the dataset code to go directly to a dataset.

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