Science On a Sphere® comes with over 550 datasets preloaded on the
system. All of the NOAA-provided SOS datasets are put into one of the seven
main categories: Air, Extras, Land, People, Snow and Ice, Space, and Water.
The “Extras” category contains assorted datasets that don’t fit into the other
categories. Within each category there are many subcategories. Datasets can be
put into multiple categories and subcategories. A full list of all of the
datasets sorted into their categories is available in the Data Catalog.
This organization is used on the SOS website catalog, in the SOS Remote app,
and in the SOS Stream GUI library. The datasets are stored on the SOS computer
in directories that use an old naming scheme, so it’s similar, but not exactly
the same. For example, the Air datasets are stored in a directory called
atmosphere and the Space datasets are in a directory called astronomy. These
old names were maintained for consistency for older sites.
All the datasets are stored on the SOS computer in /shared/sos/media. The
directories that you will find in here are:
contains the Space datasets
contains the Air datasets
contains a file used by the SOS Remote app
contains narrated movies that are now dispersed, plus Extras datasets
contains the Land datasets
contains models that are now dispersed in Air, Ocean, and Snow and Ice
contains the Water datasets
contains the overlay datasets
contains files used for downloading datasets
Within these category directories you will find a separate folder for each of
the datasets. In some cases, related datasets are grouped together into
subfolder. For example, in the land directory, there is a blue_marble directory
that contains four subdirectories for the four Blue Marble datasets.
All datasets are stored in just one location, regardless of how many categories
they are in on the website and SOS Remote App. For example, the Japan
Earthquake, Tsunami Wave Propagation, and Wave Heights Combo dataset can be
found in the Land and Water categories, but is stored only in the oceans
directory. You can find a dataset’s location by click the FTP link on the
description page on the website, by pressing the Details button in the SOS
Stream GUI when the dataset is loaded, or by pressing the Info button on the
SOS Remote App when the dataset is loaded.
All datasets created by the site have to go in the site-custom directory in
/shared/sos/media. In the site-custom directory, we recommend that you create a
folder for each individual dataset that you create, but we leave that up to
each site. If you use the Visual Playlist Editor, it requires you to save each
dataset into a folder of its own.