Because Science On a Sphere® uses common image and video formats, you can use
many tools to create and edit datasets.
Some of the common tools used are Photoshop, FinalCut Pro, ImageMagick, GIMP,
etc. You can use whatever you have available and are comfortable using. A
program like FinalCut Pro can be used to add transitions, special effects and
other computer graphic techniques. At a higher level, tools like IDL, AWIPS,
McIDAS, and other image analysis applications are typically used to create
imagery from scientific datasets. As an example, we have used AWIPS (Advanced
Weather Information Processing System) to create images from numerical forecast
models. A graphics designer can use a 3D modeling application, such as 3D
Studio, to create advanced visualizations for SOS.
If you have access to a Science On a Sphere®, you can also use the Visual
Playlist Editor to create new datasets.
There are many settings that can be included in the playlist.sos file. For a
dataset added by a site into the site-custom folder, the
playlist.sos file should contain the following elements: name, data,
creator, subcategory, keywords, and description. Only name and data
are required, but the other settings provide helpful information and allow you
to more easily find your dataset.
There is no need to add a category because all datasets in the
site-custom folder are automatically tagged for the
site-custom category. In order for a new dataset to show up in the
site-custom library on the local SOS computer, make sure to update
the library by clicking LibraryUpdate Library… in the
SOS Stream GUI. After you have updated the library, you have to click the
Update Now button in the Settings tab of the iPad in
order for it to show up on the iPad. It will not appear on the iPad if it is not
stored in the site-custom folder on the computer. In the Data
Catalog tab of the iPad you will be able to find the new dataset in the
subcategory that you assigned under the site-custom main category.
You can create as many different subcategories as you like within
We have viewed many datasets and are happy to review your site-custom datasets
and provide feedback as desired. Particularly for datasets that will be
submitted for consideration for the SOS Catalog, we suggest providing a draft
version to the SOS team for feedback.