Data Collections are populated by Samples. Samples are created from the scans + meta-data added to every scan made with your SCiO Sensor. Both automatic and sample attributes are assigned to each sample scan.
Attributes_record screen

Automatic attributes are provided by SCiO and cannot be changed or excluded from any samples. They include things like the date and your location.

Where does the automatic attribute information come from?

The date and location provided are based on your smartphone at the time of the scan. The temperature information is collected by your reading at the time of the scan.

Sample Attributes are the attributes that you create and provide for each sample within a Data Collection to help you distinguish and provide value to your sample field.


To create sample attributes:

  1. Select the +Add Attributes button within the Data Collection.
  2. Select a name for the Sample Attribute.
  3. Select a TYPE for the Attribute from the drop down list.

Depending on the TYPE of Attribute you create, the remaining Attribute fields will automatically adjust.

For example, when you select NUMERIC as the TYPE of Attribute, you’ll need to also select the Numeric Type as well as the relevant UNIT of measurement as shown in the sample below.


Sample Attributes can be built from the following fields:

Attribute TypeDescriptionSub FieldsNotes
String Open TextNoneMake sure there is meaningful information here or you’ll have a hard time making use of this collection. Uses of this attribute might be brand name, manufacture date or other unique attributes that don’t fit well into a structured list.
List Closed set of valuesWhen List is selected, List Type is available. Within List Type, there are three types of lists: Countries Currencies Custom Only when List is selected is the additional field of List Type available. To add a custom List, select custom from the List Type, and enter the values of your list in the Items field.
Number Options: Area Concentration Energy Intensity Length Number of Particles Power Temp Time Period Unitless (arbitrary unit) Volume WeightEach type of quantity contains the related subfields as a Unit when selected. For example, if you select Concentration, you'll need to then select %, ppm or Molar. If you select Energy, you’ll need to select W or mW.
PhotoImage of the sample
DateDate related attributeWhile the date a sample was taken is an automatic attribute, this attribute refers to an additional date you might want to associate such as expiration date or purchase date, etc.
Date and TimeDate and time related attributeWhile the date and time a sample was taken are automatic attributes, this attribute refers to an additional date and time you might want to associate. For example, expiration date and time, or purchase date and time, etc.