The Data Catalog tab allows you to quickly search and browse for datasets in the
entire SOS Data Catalog. Simply tap on any combination of filters (Major/Sub
Categories, Movies/Realtime, Year, Themes, Filters, etc.) to narrow down search
and browse results. The dataset search results will appear in the left hand side
column, which can be sorted alphabetically (with the A-Z
toggle button), or sorted by date added to the SOS Data Catalog (with the
Date toggle button). Tap on a dataset to load it onto
In addition to browsing, you can search for datasets by typing in a search term
in the search box. By default, the search box searches through dataset titles.
Other search options such as Keywords, Description, and Creator may be selected
by tapping on the Checklist button next to the search
box to refine the search results.
Pressing the Clear button clears all filters and search
terms and shows all datasets available in the SOS Data Catalog in the datasets
The numbers in the Major Categories and Subcategories lists indicate how many
datasets are tagged with those category names.
Any dataset that has a diamond icon at the end of its name indicates that it is
a Site-Custom dataset.
Spotlight datasets are a handful of SOS datasets periodically selected by the
NOAA SOS Team in Boulder to showcase datasets in the SOS Data Catalog that are:
compelling and may be new to you, a current event, a historical event, a new SOS
feature, the latest dataset, an updated dataset, a theme, etc. This feature
supports a succinct way for users to explore the SOS Data Catalog over time and
provides quick access to datasets that highlight timely events.
To show the Spotlight user interface (UI), simply tap on the
Spotlight icon located in the top right-hand-side of the
toolbar on either the Presentation tab or on the Data Catalog tab. (The date
next to the Spotlight icon represents the last time that
the Spotlight datasets were updated.) A UI will pop up with the first Spotlight
dataset in the list. The dots on the bottom of the UI indicate how many datasets
there are, and which one you are currently on. Simply swipe the page left or
right to access the previous or next dataset.
Custom datasets that your site has created should be located in the
/shared/sos/media/site-custom/ folder. In order for your
site-custom datasets to appear on the iPad app’s Data Catalog tab in the
Site-Custom category, do the following:
On the SOS computer’s SOS Stream GUI application, select the
LibraryUpdate Library… menu option to run an update
Once this is complete, on the iPad app’s Settings tab, select the
Update Now button
Now, when you go to the Data Catalog tab and select the Site-Custom major
category, your custom datasets will appear in the dataset search results
Live Programs are presentation playlists with a coherent theme that have
accompanying scripts that have been written by NOAA and other SOS users.
To access Live Programs, tap on the Live Programs toggle
button. Live Programs are only tagged with a Major Category. When you select a
Major Category, a list of titles of presentation playlists will show up in the
Live Programs list. When you tap on a title, a list of all the datasets in that
presentation playlist will show up in the left-hand side list.
Many Live Programs contain Presenter Notes. To view
these, after you select a Live Program, go to the Presentation tab, select the
Catalog button at the top of the page, and then tap the Presenter
Notes button, also at the top of the page.
You can add datasets from the Data Catalog to the Playlist Builder by selecting
the Paper/Pen icon in the top left corner of the page.
This will put a green badge with a plus sign in front of each dataset name. When
you tap on the green badge, it will add that dataset to the Playlist Builder.
You can keep searching and browsing and adding datasets to the Playlist Builder
in this mode. When you are finished adding datasets, tap the
Done button in the top left corner. (See the Playlist
Builder section for more information.)