What are item attributes?

Attributes are the properties of your items. Whilst items represent the rows of data in your story dataset, attributes are the columns of data and can be used as the axes for views, as filters and displayed in attribute panels. 

You can manually define the attributes for your story in this screen. If you paste (or automate) data into your story, the attributes are automatically created for you.


Attribute Types

Attributes can be Numeric, Text, List, Date, Location or Wall type. New stories may contain a sample attribute of each type which you can choose to update, deselect or delete.


Labels and colours

List and numeric attributes can be given labels that describe their values or range of values. For example a list attribute called Status could have labels of Ahead, On-track and Behind which you can assign colours to. The attribute can then be selected to show as a border colour around the items via the View Setup window.



Attributes can be used in calculations to create new data and insight. They are referred to through a code that you assign here. Codes can be alphanumeric and any case but must be unique.



Saving your changes

Save the changes you have made to any of the settings within the Story set-up screens with the OK button or cancel all changes. To undo the set of changes click the undo button on the toolbar.


What can you do in this screen?

  • Add, rename, duplicate, select / deselect or delete attributes
  • Add, update, re-order or delete labels and assign label colours
  • Assign a range (min / max), prefix, suffix to numeric attributes
  • Assign codes for the attributes which can be referenced when creating calculated values