Define the specimen views for your experiment with the types, measurement units, and locations of the sensors. The specimen views created by the Authoring Tool are used by inDEED for identifying and selecting sensors for graphing and analysis.
The Authoring Tool is used to create the input file for inDEED, which is the NEEShub tool for viewing and analyzing data generated from experimental or numerical simulations. The file that is created by the Authoring Tool contains information about the sensors that were used in collecting the data that will be viewed and analyzed in inDEED. This sensor information includes sensor names, types, units, descriptions, and locations, as well as any additional notes about individual instruments that the researcher feels are relevant.
The Authoring Tool also allows the researcher to sort the sensors into groups, which makes it easier to locate and access data of interest when using inDEED. To use the Authoring Tool for a NEES experiment, you will first create the sensor information -- either by manually inputting it or by importing it from a comma delimited file. Next, you will create sensor groups and organize the instruments accordingly. After sorting the sensors into groups, the specimen views (i.e., photographs or drawings) can be uploaded for each group. Instrument markers will appear on the specimen views so that the location of each instrument can be denoted visually.
The goal is to define the sensor groups and specimen views in such a manner as to facilitate understanding of the experiment and analysis of the data.
Researchers can easily create input for inDEED from comma or tab-delimited data files. For example, a researcher's Excel spreadsheet listing sensors and experimental data readings can be saved as a CSV file and loaded into inDEED for plotting. Details about the inDEED data file format can be found at the inDEED wiki https://nees.org/tools/indeed/wiki/CSVFileFormat