The inDEED tool allows you to designate associated data sets (i.e., data files that should be viewed together). This allows researchers to help users locate the data files that should be viewed together without the users having to dig through the experiment or project to locate that data on their own.
Creating the Association File
To designate associated data sets, you will create a text file with a .dir extension. The *.dir file is a comma-delimited file. The file layout is specified below:
|Path||No||Relative or absolute paths to the data files.|
|User Defined||Yes||All other columns in the file are user defined and optional. These columns should be used to help users distinguish between the different data sets and understand the connection between data sets|
The first line of the *.dir file must be a header line and the first column in the file must be the path file.
Where to Place the Association File
The *.dir file can be placed anywhere the mapping file (*.ind file) is placed. The inDEED tool start in the folder where the data file is located (typically a data folder) and expand its search to increasingly higher levels as it fails to encounter a *.dir file. It will use the first *.dir file that it encounters.
Valid locations for the *.dir file (and *.ind files) are: . Current directory (Converted_Data, Corrected_Data, etc.) ../Documentation Rep level documentation folder ../../Documentation Trial level documentation folder ../../../Documentation Experiment level documentation folder ../../../../Documentation Project level documentation folder
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