Another long standing feature in the KineMatik ELN, a user can create a spider query based on a topic of interest, called a “Prospector”. The user defines simple parameters, similar to the search capabilities defined above and others such as a date range for when the prospect is active, as the search criteria. If a Prospector identifies information that matches the user’s search criteria, provided the user has the appropriate permissions to that item, it then adds the corresponding item to a result list where it can be accessed. Working with Prospectors also involves organizing and deleting results. When creating a Prospector, the user can also set its result list options, which include the number of results displayed and the order in which the results are listed, based on closest match and/or ranking. The user can also choose whether the ELN shows or hides summaries of the resulting list items. Notifications can also be created that emails the requesting user each time the result list is updated.