Specimen Authoring Tool - Loading Data Files in the Specimen Authoring Tool

by Rachelle Howell, George A. Howlett

When you create an inDEED mapping with the Specimen Authoring Tool, you can add each sensor to the mapping manually, or you can have the tool load your sensors from the data file. This tutorial walks you through the process of importing a data file into the Specimen Authoring Tool.

The Data File Format

The data file needs to be in a comma delimited format with headers. At a minimum, the headers need to contain the sensor names. However, the more information contained in the headers, the less information you have to input manually. The CSV file header format is detailed here.

Importing a Data File

Launch the Specimen Authoring Tool and locate the Sensor > Load Sensor Data menu option.


You can load data files from…

  • your NEEShub home directory


  • the Project Warehouse


  • group space dropboxes


  • your desktop (this is a file import; popups must be enabled)



A Successful File Import

If the data file import is successful, you will see information about your sensors loaded in the left panel of the Specimen Authoring Tool. In this case, the file header contained only sensor names, so while the sensor names were loaded, nothing else about the sensors is currently specified (e.g., sensor type, measurement units, etc.). The question mark next to the sensor names indicates that the tool does not yet know what kinds of sensors these are. The next step is to finish the mapping by grouping sensors, adding specimen views, and specifying sensor information (covered in this tutorial).


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