Multiple value parameters


The FTS database handles ambiguity in several ways. One of these is by allowing a flow to be linked to multiple values of destination parameters, such as to multiple destination countries (for e.g. regional funding) or multiple destination years (multi-year contributions). This is typically used in cases where such details are provided but a breakdown is unavailable, thus the flow to multiple destinations will be recorded. Search queries return all flows relevant to the boundary specififed, including any flows with valued shared on the boundary, which is to say with multiple values for a parameter included in the boundary, but in those cases, the flows to multiple years or countries will not be included in the totals for the individual years or countries. 

Multiple value parameters are easily recognizable in Data Search results and downloads as they are coloured blue and separated with a | (pipe) character.