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Sandbox Tour

You created an Objects and Order Account – that’s terrific! Now it’s time to check out the Sandbox Base and explore the MOON Object System. Take the Sandbox Tour!!


From your Account Page or the MOON Landing Page, go to your Sandbox. You’ll start on the Objects Page. There are 5 objects.

Object page with 5 objects

Check out a few objects to see how information is structured and to view existing object data. Use “Return to Sandbox” to go back to the Objects Page.

Try these steps:

  • On an Object Page, edit some information. Change a title, date, or update the description.
  • Save your changes at lower left with the “Save Object” button.
  • Take a look at the main object title, below which a Blueprint name is displayed: Core, Artwork, or Specimen. Switch to another Blueprint – the fields will update automatically.
  • Click or tap on the object’s “Hero Image” to view the file name, file type, size, and image data fields, which include “Caption,” “Alt Text,” “Credits,” “Rights,” and “Notes.” Note: You can’t update this information in the Sandbox.
  • Use “Return to [Object name]” to go back to the object. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see the “All Data” section – open it up. “All Data” includes both current data (for the existing Blueprint fields) and historical data (for fields with data from other Blueprints that were applied to the object).
  • Go back to the Sandbox Objects Page. You can preview a selection of images by clicking in the upper left-hand corner of each image. Then use the Preview button to view.


Select “Blueprints” from the menu above.

You’ll see 3 existing Blueprints: Core, Artwork, and Specimen. “Core” is the default Blueprint style, and includes data fields that appear in the other Sandbox Blueprints. Start exploring. You can get back to the Blueprints Page by clicking "Return to Blueprints" or by selecting “Blueprints” from the menu.

Give these actions a try:

  • Edit a Blueprint by reordering the rows (via drag and drop, right side of the row).
  • Add a new row (choose one, two, or three columns).
  • Delete a row by clicking or tapping the “x” (left side of the row). Note: Core rows are deletable only in the Core Blueprint, not in other Blueprints.
  • Select a field to open it up. You’ll see “Field Label,” “Type,” and “Required.”
  • Rename a “Field Label.” Note: you can’t rename the “Title” field label.
  • Switch a field “Type” from “Short Text” to “Select” (you’ll see your choices for type are: Short Text, Long Text, Select, Select: DataSet, Tags, and Number). Add three options for your “Select” field.
  • Click or tap on “Notes.” Add some sample instructions (for example, “Don’t use abbreviations”).
  • When you make updates, save the Blueprint using the “Save Blueprint” button at lower left.

Blueprint page showing field type and notes

  • In your Core Blueprint, add a row with one column and label the field “Accession Number.” Now this field will show up in your other Blueprints.
  • From the Blueprints Page, try adding and creating your own Blueprint. Remember to save it.

For more information and tips on Object Blueprints, see Art of the Blueprint.


Go back to the Blueprints Page. You’ll see DataSets on the right. DataSets are controlled, selectable options for Fields that can be used in any Blueprint

.DataSet with Department options

Try these actions:

  • Click on “Department.” There are five Department options listed. Add another one by selecting “Add Option” and then use the “Save DataSet” button below.
  • Create a new DataSet with your own custom options with the + icon. Give your DataSet a name and add selectable options. For example, name it Color, with options of red, blue, and green. Remember to save it.
  • Go into one of the Blueprints, select a field, and under “Type,” choose “Select: DataSet.” Choose the DataSet you created. Remember to save the Blueprint.
  • From the menu above, select “Objects.” Check out an object with the Blueprint you updated with your DataSet – you’ll see your selectable options in action!

For more information and tips on DataSets, see Using DataSets.

Experiment all you like with Objects, Blueprints, and DataSets. Your Sandbox will always be there for you to try out new ideas and layouts.

Now that you’re a Sandbox Pro, create a MOON Base and start putting your own objects in order!

Image Captions:
James Nasmyth. Copernicus, 1867. The Art Institute of Chicago
Fossil Moon Snail, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Claude Mellan. Full Moon, 1635. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1960
Moon Face, 1885–95. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
John Adams Whipple and James Wallace Black. The Moon, 1857–60. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert O. Dougan Collection, Gift of Warner Communications Inc., 1981