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This question regards a SharePoint 2010 instance using vanilla search.

I'm currently using a Business Data Catalog to pull records from a database table with an end-goal of displaying the records in search results. Each record is a flat aggregate of the base entity and its related tables (Deals -> Deals Count, for example).

One field in the record is a concatenated list of strings. When displayed in the search results, we would like this field to behave as a multi-valued field, allowing us to refine search results by entries in this string list.

I've tried looking into how this is normally accomplished, but I can't seem to locate any examples whatsoever.

  • Is there a known way to accomplish this?
  • If not, are there any resources which could help clarify what the actual problem is, and how it could be resolved?

P.S.: I am by no means a SharePoint expert, and am fairly unfamiliar with many of its components, so if further clarification would help or I'm asking for something nonsensical, please inform me so I can try to provide a clearer question.

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OOB SharePoint 2010 does not have multi-value refiners. I know of a codeplex project with multi-value refiners but haven't tested it, but you might want to give it a shot.

In short it splits the string, eg. red;yellow;blue, and look at it as seperate values. I can't see why this shouldn't work for BCS fields either.

Here is a description of how to configure the refinement panel for using the multi-value refiner

More info on the refinement panel scheme here

  • Ahh, I believe this is indeed the missing piece of the puzzle. Thanks! Accepting now, but will pend on other answers before submitting bounty. – Kenogu Labz Jun 5 '13 at 16:53
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    Quick note: SharePoint 2010 does support multi-value refiners; however, as far as I can tell, it doesn't support the creation of multi-valued refiners from multi-valued fields, which is the problem that the codeplex project solves. – Kenogu Labz Jun 5 '13 at 16:54

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