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Using Classification Sets in Fulcrum

August 14, 2020

Classify to Simplify

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

Another example of classification sets in use is that for water analysis. Water analysis is a critical process for understanding the quality of water, which is essential for human and environmental health. A classification set can be used to group different types of water based on their composition, source, and potential contaminants.

For instance, you could start with two main categories: drinking water and non-drinking water. Under drinking water, you could have subcategories based on their sourceter. Each subcategory could then have further classifications based on their chemical and physical properties, such as pH level, total dissolved solids, chlorine levels, and hardness.

Under non-drinking water, you could have subcategories based on their source, such as wastewater, stormwater, and agricultural runoff. Each subcategory could then have further classifications based on the type and level of contaminants present, such as nutrients, heavy metals, pesticides, and microorganisms.

With a well-designed classification set, water analysis can be more efficient and accurate, allowing scientists and policymakers to make informed decisions about water management and conservation. The classification set can also be used to identify potential sources of water pollution and develop strategies for remediation and prevention.

Overall, a classification set can be a valuable tool in a wide range of fields and industries, from biology and geology to environmental science and public health. By grouping and organizing data into standardized categories and subcategories, a classification set can make complex information more accessible and easier to analyze, leading to more effective decision-making and problem-solving.

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