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  • Create different measurement types by creating new "Standard Views".
    • Create a new StandardView for each measurement or combination of measurements (e.g. ratios).
    • Ratios or other sums will be defined in the "formula" box of a Standard View (functionality remains to be described).
  • A workflow can be organized by creating a group of Standard Views.
    • Create a Standard View Group and add Standard Views as desired.
    • Group the StandardViews (= measurement types) into as many groups as you'd like.
    • You can include just one Standard View in a group if you wish, this will allow you to use the batch creation function.

Measurement values

  • Measurement values of zero (0) are allowed.
  • All measurements are stored as floats.
  • If when editing a measurement in the batch editor no value is provided that measurement will be deleted on update.
  • All measurements have a "conversion factor", which defaults to 1 in most forms.
  • The actual value of the measurement record is ALWAYS
measurement X conversion_factor

Adding measurements to the database

"Batch" creating

  • Start by adding a series of specimens to the database and giving them OTU determinations
  • Create a Standard View Group as described above.
  • On the measurements tab navigate to "more options" -> "create"
  • Select the OTU which identifies your specimens
  • Select the Standar View Group
  • Add a conversion factor (to be used for all measurements)
  • Select the units.
  • Click submit.
  • Fill in the form and click add/edit.

Continuous characters

  • Create continuous characters by selecting a Standard View for that character in the "Continuous character for" field when editing or creating a character.
    • WARNING: filling this field will delete all states and all associated codings that presently exist for the character.
    • the display functionality here remains to be completed
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