Data is passed between module input and output ports. In order for the module to understand how to handle the data (or even whether it can handle the data), the data must be in a defined form or type. Each port can deal with only one type. When a port is selected for connection, IRIS Explorer tells the user which ports in the map can handle that data type by highlighting those ports in light green. IRIS Explorer also prevents you connecting incompatible ports by disabling those items in the menu.
IRIS Explorer has a number of pre-defined data types which the modules included with the product use. It is also possible to add new data types. Because new types will not be compatible with the included modules, it is worth ensuring that the existing data types are unsuitable before adding data types to IRIS Explorer.
There are five standard IRIS Explorer data types.