Ten Easy Steps to Report Creation
Step #1: Click on the 'Characterization Data' link on the menu located in
the top left hand corner of the page. This link loads the NCSS Characterization
Data Query Interface which can be used to search the available data
using one or more of over fifty search criteria.
Once the page is fully loaded, the user can both include or exclude criteria
from a search using the check boxes located next to each item. If a box is
checked, the item will be included in the query.
Upon first entering or selecting data for an item, the check box will
automatically be turned on.
Select or enter the search criteria for the categories desired.
Notes concerning search criteria entry:
* For the Project Information section, the selection of a
different Country will reload the page with a revised list located in
the State Admin Div containing only state administrative divisions from
the selected country. In the Site Information section, the selection of
a different Country will reload the page with a revised list of State
Admin Div, County, and Soil Survey Area items. The
selection of a County
within the same section will reload the page as well. All data entered will be
retained when the page is reloaded.
For all date criteria, at least one year must be provided. If only one year is
provided on the left side of the date range, the search will return all data
with date values greater then January 1st of the year provided. If the year
provided is on the right side, the search will return all data matching the
criteria with dates less then December 31st of the year provided. Also, if a
month is provided without an exact day, the search engine will assume either
the first day of the month for the left side of the range or the last day of
the month for the right side.
*** All text entry fields are automatically considered to be wildcard
searches. For example: If searching for a project with the Submitted Name
"Urban Soils Study Part 2", the entry of "Urban Soils" would result in a
positive match. However, the search will also return "Urban Soils Study Part
1". All text fields are case insensitive.
Step #4: Once all the desired criteria are entered, click the Execute
button located at the bottom of the page to retrieve a list of pedons from the
Step #5: If the query does not return any pedons, or does not result in
the desired list of pedons, use the <<Back
button located at the top of the page to return to the query interface and
attempt to modify the criteria selected. All the previously selected criteria
will be retained by the interface.
Step #6: Use the Check All or Uncheck All button located
at the top of page to select or unselected the entire list of pedons returned
from the search. Pedons can be included or excluded individually by clicking on
or off the check boxes located next to the pedon identifiers. The "rc" column
tallies query record results while the total box counts your selected
records for output. Options Download Data, Summary, and Soil Properties by Depth
will be discussed later.
Step #7: When the selection of pedons to be included is complete, select Generate
Report from the list located at the bottom of the page and click Continue
[Only the first 100 pedons selected for report
generation will be processed per report cycle. Max 60 pedons is recommend,
less chance server timing out!]
Step #8: Select the desired report from the list. To generate
multiple reports, hold the Cntrl
key while making the desired selections. Checking Glossary of Codes will
assist with method code definitions.
Step #9: Click on the Get Report button. If this is the first
time you have run a report please read the Required Reading - User Responsibility
information when it appears. This form will appear every time a report is run.
To avoid interruption while running multiple reports, simply minimize the form.
Step #10: Print the report: Most of the reports are created to be
printed in landscape mode. Refer to your internet browser's documentation for
instructions on printing in landscape mode.
For personal assistance by an database specialist -
REFERENCE: Data Query Help Pages.
Advance Query Help Pages.
Lab Pedon Number
User Pedon Number
Multiple List Information