Using Classification Sets in Fulcrum

19 September 2012 by Andie Dodd

Classification sets let you predefine hierarchies and schemas for classifying data into a standard format from the field. A classification set is very useful when you have a huge list of items to select from. Sorting them into a classification set allows for better organization and an ultimately more fluid way of finding the item you are looking for. To create a classification set, click the ‘+ New Classification Set’ option from the web app’s main menu.

A classification set can be applied to a wide variety of app categories. Since a classification set is useful when you have a huge list of potential choices for a feature, a great example for a classification set would be animal species. Obviously, there are many, many animal species as well as many different ways you could sort and categorize them in your classification set. For this example I am going to start with 3 classes of animal: mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Classification Sets

Within these classes are different orders (just using 3 examples):


  • Carnivora
  • Chiroptera
  • Rodentia


  • Testudines
  • Crocodilians
  • Squamates


  • Strigiformes
  • Falconiformes
  • Passeriformes

I could continue to build out this classification set by adding family and genus, but that would make quite a large list. So I am going to skip right ahead and add a few species within these orders.

Species List

Classification sets definitely aren’t limited to wildlife use cases and can be applied to anything from crop types to religious groups. Create an account and explore it for yourself!

About the author

Andie is a geographer at Spatial Networks, working on analytics and GIS projects. Also a self proclaimed ‘tea snob’ in an office full of coffee drinkers.

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