We are a team of 2 developing a web application. It allows scientists to upload files with measurement data. My question is about how we should name one kind of metadata.
An uploaded file might be the output of some measurement instrument or some scientific model. Both types are connected to some higher level element:
- instruments are loaded onto platforms which might be ships or airplanes transporting them during the measurement
- models are distinguished by their model type
Now we'll have lists and database tables with both of them. The lower level element we call data source because it's just the very entity producing the data.
Can you think of any reasonable name for something which might be a platform or a model type?