The Datasets Manual provides details of how datasets work with SOS and how you
can create your own. Some of the information is useful only if you have a
Science On a Sphere®, such as the sections on Real-time
Datasets or the Visual Playlist Editor (which is
only available on the SOS computer). Other details, such as the section on
PIPs, is useful for anyone creating datasets, although you may find it
easier to create PIPs with the Visual Playlist Editor.
When a dataset is projected on the sphere, you are really looking at four
images that have been merged together seamlessly around the sphere. The Science
On a Sphere® software splits the images that you display into four disk images
every time you load a new dataset on to the sphere. Because all of the work is
done by the software automatically, you don’t need to do anything except point
the system to where the data is located by creating a playlist.