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Data Visualization in the NEEShub

by Rachelle Howell, George A. Howlett


About Data Visualization in the NEEShub

The NEEShub provides data visualization tools so that you can view data within the project warehouse without having to download it to your computer. These tools can be accessed from any computer with internet access and the same tool session can be accessed from multiple computers.

The primary tool that the NEEShub offers for data visualization is the inDEED (interactive Display for Earthquake Engineering Data) tool. The inDEED tool allows users to visualize, analyze, and compare data located in the project warehouse or in their home directory. As a researcher, providing inDEED files with your data will help those external to the research team to better understand your data. As a user, inDEED will allow you to visualize and analyze data without having to download unnecessary (and oftentimes large) files.

The inDEED tool offers the following capabilities

  • single and multiple sensor graphs
  • sensor data over time and sensor vs. sensor graphs
  • experimental and numerical simulation graphs
  • interactive visualization features such as zoom in/out, raise/lower, recolor, hide/show
  • time and data window ranges (min, max)
  • data value display and tagging
  • integrated analysis functions
  • virtual sensors — average, difference of user selected sensors
  • graph save to image file, with interactive selection of image type, image size, legend fonts, text positioning

and much more…

If you are unfamiliar with how data visualization in the NEEShub using the inDEED tool works…
please see this page for a more detailed explanation. This page will be especially helpful if you are a researcher who is new to inDEED and is creating interactive data files for the first time.

Improving the Data Visualization Tools

If you encounter any issues as you go through the documentation and tutorials on this page, please log a ticket. The NEEShub support team is happy to help you, even if you think your question or issue is not all that important. By logging a ticket, you are helping NEES make their tools/site/documentation better for everyone.

If the Specimen Authoring Tool or the inDEED tool encounter a problem during operation, they may automatically generate a ticket. Please describe, as much as possible, what you were doing when the error occurred and submit the ticket to NEES.

If you can see ways in which the tools could be better, or if there is functionality that you would like to have that the tools don’t already have, please create a wish. Wishes help the tool developers decide what functionality to add to the tools in the future.

About this Wiki

The remainder of this wiki is split into two sections:

  • The inDEED section
    This section generally contains tutorials aimed at helping users view data, create plots, edit plots, and download plots and data using the inDEED tool.
    However, the tutorials in the Advanced Topics subsection are aimed at helping researchers who are creating interactive data files. The tutorials in this subsection show researchers how to create associations for sets of related data files, create indexes for use when there are multiple mapping files, and edit existing mappings through the inDEED tool without having to return to the Specimen Authoring Tool.

  • The Specimen Authoring Tool section
    This entire section contains tutorials aimed at helping researchers create interactive data sets. Topics in this section include how to map data files so that they can be read by the inDEED tool and where to place the data file mappings within the Project Warehouse.




    These tutorials are aimed at helping researchers who are creating interactive data files.

    How data visualization with inDEED works
    This tutorial explains how inDEED works and what is required to create an interactive data file.

    Launching inDEED outside of the Project Warehouse
    Though most users will launch inDEED through the Project Warehouse, researchers may need to launch inDEED outside of the Project Warehouse (e.g., to test a file mapping or to analyze data that is not yet located in the Project Warehouse).

    This tutorial is aimed at helping users who are using the inDEED tool to view data files in the Project Warehouse.

    Launching inDEED through the Project Warehouse
    This tutorial tells users how to identify whether or not an experiment has interactive data files and how to launch inDEED within the Project Warehouse to view these files.

    The remaining tutorials in this section are applicable whether you have launched the inDEED tool from within the Project Warehouse or outside of the Project Warehouse. These tutorials will be most useful to users (and researchers) who are trying to view data using the inDEED tool.

    Loading multiple data files in inDEED
    The inDEED tool allows you to load multiple data files so that you can compare data from different data sets.

    Creating plots in inDEED
    This tutorial covers the basic plot creation functionality of the inDEED tool. It does not include custom plot types or plot editing as those topics are covered in later tutorials.

    Creating custom plot types in inDEED
    The inDEED tool has several built-in plot types available, but you can also add plot types of your own. Custom plot types also allow you to stack plots (i.e., plot more than one data type against a single x-axis).

    Editing axis options in inDEED
    You can edit the label, format, and scale of the inDEED plot axes.

    Editing plots made in inDEED
    This tutorial shows you how to zoom/scroll, recolor plots, create derived data (add, subtract, average data), remove data from a plot, show/hide traces, and remove outliers.

    Exporting data and images from inDEED
    You can export the data from selected sensors or images of the plots that you create in inDEED.

    Advanced Topics

    The tutorials in this section are aimed at helping researchers who are creating interactive data files.

    Creating an index file
    An index file tells the inDEED tool which mapping file to use when opening a data file. If you have more than one data file format requiring more than one mapping file and either your data files, your mapping files, or both your data files and your mapping files reside in the same directory, you can use an index file to ensure each file is opened using the appropriate mapping.

    Designating associated data sets
    A .dir file can be used to designate associated data sets (i.e., data files that should be viewed together). When the inDEED tool encounters an associated data file, the tool will open a table displaying the other associated data files so that users are aware of the related data and can select the files that they want to open.

    Editing the mapping file (*.ind file) from within the inDEED tool
    Particularly useful if you are creating/testing a mapping file and need to make changes.




    Specimen Authoring Tool

    Specimen Authoring Tool


    The tutorials in this section are aimed at helping researchers who are creating interactive data files.

    The file mapping process
    This tutorial describes the steps involved in creating an inDEED mapping file (*.ind file).

    Loading a data file into the Specimen Authoring Tool
    The Specimen Authoring Tool can automatically load information about your sensors from your data file.

    Manually adding sensors in the Specimen Authoring Tool
    You do not have to use a data file to load your sensors into the Specimen Authoring Tool; you can add them manually.

    Organizing and editing sensors and sensor groups in the Specimen Authoring Tool
    This tutorial describes how to group your sensors, upload specimen views, and set sensor properties.

    Saving your inDEED mapping file
    This tutorial discusses your options for saving your inDEED mapping file (*.ind file) and moving it into the Project Warehouse.

    Uploading a mapped data file into the Project Warehouse
    Once you’ve mapped your data file, you may be ready to upload your data file and its mapping file into the project warehouse. When you upload a mapped data file into the Project Warehouse, you need to associate the data file with inDEED so that the Project Warehouse knows that the file can be opened using the inDEED tool.

    Advanced Topics

    Creating a mapping file (*.ind file) without the Specimen Authoring Tool – Coming soon.

    Loading sensor data from multiple data files





    Other Useful Tutorials and Videos

    These are useful tutorials and videos that may help you as you use the Specimen Authoring Tool and the inDEED tool.


    Using SyncrhoNEES to move data to/from the home directory
    You may need to move data files into your home directory so you can map them or you may have saved a mapping file to your home directory and now you want to download it to your local computer. SynchroNEES can do that!

    Keeping a Tool Session
    Keep a tool session so that you can access it later or from another location.

    Sharing a Tool Session
    Share your tool session with another NEEShub user.


    Data Visualization Webinar
    This is a recording of a webinar on the Specimen Authoring tool and the inDEED tool. (Original webinar date: Feb. 2012)

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