I wonder where would the file be stored in Windows when I use the function ResourceData. Since sometimes the data is quite large, I would like to have a look at the files and avoid duplicate downloads.

First, I thought that may be stored inside 11.X\SystemFiles, but I just can't find the large dataset file that I've just downloaded.

Many thanks!

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    $\begingroup$ Check out $LocalBase $\endgroup$
    – chuy
    Jun 21, 2018 at 18:46

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Get a resource object:

data = ResourceObject["GDB-9 Database"]

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When we get back an object that formats as a summary box, there are often subvalues defined for various strings. Here we can access the list of these strings with "Properties"

    "Name", "UUID", "ContentElementLocations", "RepositoryLocation", "ResourceLocations",
    "ResourceType", "ContentSize", "ContentElements", "Version", "Description",
    "ContentTypes", "Categories", "Keywords", "MyAccount", "Attributes", "LatestUpdate",
    "DownloadedVersion", "DefaultReturnFormat", "AutoUpdate", "ContentElementAccessType",
    "ContributorInformation", "DefaultContentElement", "Details", "DOI", "Format",
    "InformationElements", "Originator", "ReleaseDate", "SeeAlso", "ShortName",
    "SourceMetadata", "WolframLanguageVersionRequired", "Properties", "DocumentationLink",
    "ExampleNotebook", "ExampleNotebookObject", "DefinitionNotebook", "DefinitionNotebookObject"

From this list "ResourceLocations" looks promising.

(* {LocalObject[
18e5d5cf-cdea-428e-bfb2-bb619469019d"]} *)

Note that there won't be any data in that directory until I call ResourceData[data].


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