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June 09, 2010

Building a "Sensor" Content Type

I've been toying with the idea of creating a "Sensor" content type for the Drupal site. As of now, the fields would mimic what is generally found on a sensor spec sheet but the Alliance for Coastal Technologies also has an implementation worth copying.

Once a sensor is created, then research projects, research sites and data files (or data sets?) that use a sensor could (node) reference it. There are several reasons to pursue this idea:

- A GMap mash-up could easily show where we have sensors deployed
- A dynamic list of the sensors, with their particulars, could be easily generated.
- At some point, the sensor metadata could be included in the overall metadata sheet that accompanies a data set and data file.

A use case example would be a researcher who wants to know if we are collecting a particular variable. A search of deployed sensors for that variable could indicate the general location, data sets and contact personnel.

Posted by kkwaiser at June 9, 2010 04:24 PM

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