- KDSmart - How to Score Trials and Nurseries
- Quick Reminders
- What is stored?
- Collection Parameters
- Trait/Instance Selection
- Screen Orientation
- How to Start Scoring
- Demo vs Production - Where is Your Data Stored?
- Trial Details
- Scoring and Plot Navigation
- Auto-Advance Scoring
- Using the Field View
- Using Tags
KDSmart enables you to score or record Traits (usually phenotypic information although this could be anything you wish) for Trials and Nurseries. The scoring panels that are presented allow measurements to be recorded very quickly - usually with a single touch.
The name of the Trial being scored is displayed on the KDSmart main screen. Just touch the ‘play’ button or the Trial name to continue from where you were previously scoring. KDSmart remembers the position or Plot when you last exited the Scoring activity for the Trial (see the next section) and will present that Plot to you.
|1. If in auto-advance mode, exit using the “Home” button in the top left corner:
||2. In the main scoring screen, exit using the “Home” button in the top left corner:
||3. Confirm the exit by touching the “tick” mark in the popup:
Visibility settings can be changed using the following buttons:
A Trial consists of Plots and you can score measurements for multiple Traits for each Plot. Furthermore, KDSmart allows you to score each Trait multiple times within a Plot.
For example you may wish to score Leaf_Length three times: after 3 weeks, after 5 weeks and after 7 weeks. You can either:
- Define three different Traits (e.g. Leaf_3, Leaf_5 and Leaf_7)
- Alternatively define three Instances of the single trait Leaf_Length: Instance 1, Instance 2 and Instance 3.
A Measurement is stored for each Trait Instance in each Plot and includes the:
- Date and time when the Measurement was taken
- GPS coordinates (if this is enabled)
- Value of the Measurement
Scoring a Trial has various options that must be selected before you begin:
A Trait defined within KDSmart may be used by one or more Trials/Nurseries and each Trial/Nursery may contain many Traits. Traits assigned to a Trial can be set to Active or Inactive as and when required.
Setting a Trait as inactive helps declutter the scoring screen. Traits are displayed ‘Just In Time’ when required in the field. This prevents unnecessary scrolling through a lengthy list of Traits (e.g. Not much interest in scoring Anthesis soon after planting).
Note: Setting a Trait to Inactive does not affect the data it contains. It simply hides the Trait from view in the Scoring Screen.
The order in which the Traits will be presented is the same as that on display in the above example.
- To change the Trait order either:
Either Portrait or Landscape orientation can be used in KDSmart if the devices “Orientation Lock” is switched off.
The orientation in use when the Start Scoring or play buttons are selected will determine the presentation of the scoring screen.
Examples below are of the same Trial on the device in Portrait mode.
|Left-Handed Setup||Right-Handed Setup|
|The scoring and navigation controls are moved to the left side of the screen.||The scoring and navigation controls are moved to the right side of the screen.|
Touching this button will present the Configuration screen where you will choose Collection Parameters then select Start Scoring.
Touch either the Trial Name or the “play” button to resume scoring from where you left off.
If you wish to change any of the Collection Parameters, use a long press instead to show a popup where you can choose the Start Scoring button which will present the Configure panel.
For your real work, make sure you are using KDSmart’s Production database and not the Demo database.
It is important to remember that KDSmart contains two separate local databases on the tablet/mobile. You should do your real work in the local Production database. KDSmart helps you identify which database is active in a number of ways:
- If you see the button on the main screen then you are using the Demo database.
- When the Configure screen is presented, the Start Scoring button contains [DEMO db] at the bottom.
Use this mode when someone else is to perform the scoring and that is ALL they are to do.
Selecting a Trial from the KDSmart Trial list will display the Trial’s Details. If in landscape orientation these details will be displayed in the right hand panel.
|Trial Name||What the Trial will be named in KDXplore or KDSmart|
|Abbreviation||An abbreviated Trial name for display purposes|
|Planting Date||Shown in the following highlighted example at Setting the Planting Date.
Note: Planting Date must be set before scoring can commence.
|Plot & X/Y Axis Names||Determines the Trial Element Names that are to appear on scoring screens.
These will be names for Plot, X and Y axis names, depending upon the what was imported.
|Plot Identification||What will appear when scoring - from import|
|Trial Layout: Plot[1,50]|
|Organism Type||Provides a choice of symbol to represent the organism on screen.|
|Note||A text note for the Trial.|
|Traits||Trials may have many Traits, however it is not necessary or desirable for them all to be visible when scoring.
Traits can be made visible or hidden as required.
The blue highlighted panel, near the bottom of the Trail Details display lists the Trait Instances available in the Trial showing:
Traits currently selected for Scoring or
Not selected or hidden and
Trait Instance(s) selected.
|Trial Attributes||Non editable from import|
|Plot Types||Non editable from import|
|Plot Attributes||Non editable from import|
By setting a value for the Planting Date the ELAPSED_DAYS Trait data type can be used (see Trait Data Types ).
This makes the task of data entry easier and less error prone for Traits such as Flowering which may be recorded as Days Since Planting. The entry task is made easier in the field as no calculation is required by entering values from a selection list such as +2d, +1d, Today, -1d, -2d.
The steps to set the Planting Date are as follows and illustrated in the following illustrations:
- Select the pencil icon (highlighted next) to the right of the date field;
- Use the displayed calendar to select the required date; and
- Confirm the date setting by selecting the ‘tick’ button.
Select the required Planting Date using the calendar and confirm to save the setting and return to the previous Trials window. Notice that the required Planting Date is displayed.
Auto-advance allows you to concentrate on only those Traits for which you have not yet provided a Measurement value.
When you provide a value for a Trait, KDSmart moves the focus to the next un-scored Trait, skipping over those Traits (and sometimes entire Plots) which have already been scored.
As in the normal scoring screen, the presentation of the Auto-Advance scoring screen changes depending on whether you are:
- Using a Tablet- or Phone-sized device
- Using Portrait or Landscape mode
- In right-handed or left-handed input mode
The Field View provides a:
- Visual overview of the Trial being scored as a rectangular grid of Cells;
- Zoomable map to display more or less information;
- Valuable visual representation of the Trial for different criteria (Heatmaps); and
- Easy, graphical navigation to other Cells (i.e. Plots, Pots, Ponds, trial units, etc.).
Cells are used as a generic term for Plots, Ponds or other names to distinguish the unit within a Trial.
A number of zoom levels are available to vary between brief or more verbose information about the cells. The initial view displays a brief summary about the status of each Cell with details such as:
- The percentage of Traits that have been scored;
- If and how many Attachments are present;
- The number of Sub-Plots in the Plot; and
- If there are any Tags.
For brevity at some zoom levels, single character codes are used to display this information:
The percentage of scored Traits is also indicated by the shaded portion of the first line of the Cell view.
The values of Plot Attributes and Traits may also be listed at different zoom levels.
Cells with a yellow background indicate they have been selected using the ++ button that appears in the dialog when a Cell is touched or that cell was found using the Search button.
Use the Search button to find Cells that match a given criteria. KDSmart will let you choose a criteria and a number of associated values; e.g. choose a Plot Attribute and one of its values to select all cells where the Plot Attribute has the chosen values.
To find the most recent scores the Field Map can assist. For example this could be used if an interruption has occurred whilst scoring and you need to quickly determine ‘where was I up to’.
|1||Select the Field Map button then from the menu choose Find Recent Scores.|
|2||Select the number of Minutes since Scored from the selection list.|
|3||The cells matching the search criteria will display with a small clock symbol as illustrated in the next example.|