Text that describes a Site-Custom dataset and that is located in the dataset
playlist file via the description attribute. Dataset descriptions are accessed
from the the iPad SOS Remote app’s Data Info button.
SOS datasets are located in the /shared/sos/media/ or
/shared/sos/rt/folders on your SOS computer. With the exception of
the /shared/sos/media/site-custom/ folder, datasets contained
within those two folders are not editable (these are known as NOAA-managed
Each dataset is contained within its own folder. Within each dataset’s folder
is a playlist.sos text file (a variation, such as playlist_audio.sos may also
exist) that contains a set of attribute/value pairs that describes the dataset.
The attributes in the VPLE’s Tab Views is what gets written to the playlist.sos
file. The dataset’s folder also contains the content/imagery for the dataset,
such as movie or image files.
For example, the Blue Marble dataset’s playlist.sos file is located on your SOS
computer in the following folder,
/shared/sos/media/land/blue_marble/blue_marble/ and the Blue
Marble dataset’s playlist.sos file contains the following attribute/value
name = Blue Marble
data = 4096.jpg
fps = 40
tiltx = 23.5
category = land
catalog_url = http://sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=82
majorcategory = Land
Live programs are SOS presentations that have been created by users of SOS,
including scientists, educators, museum staff and student interns. They are
carefully crafted presentations that use SOS datasets to tell a story and teach
audiences about a specific topic such as ocean currents or extreme weather
events. Included in each Live Program is an SOS presentation playlist
(i.e. a collection of datasets) and a script with notes for presenters
and sometimes supplementary educational materials (i.e. clicker
questions and classroom lesson plans). Please see the Live
Programs page in the Education section for more information.
Datasets managed by NOAA that are automatically downloaded to your SOS
computer. NOAA-managed datasets are located either in the
/shared/sos/media/ folder (with the exception of
/shared/sos/media/site-custom/) and the
/shared/sos/rt/ folder. Datasets in these folders should never be
A presentation playlist is a collection of datasets grouped together in a list
for a presentation. Every presentation playlist ends with the .sos extension
(for example, demo.sos). Presentation playlists are typically located in the
/home/sos/sosrc/ folder or the /home/sosdemo/sosrc/ on
the SOS computer.
Notes for presenters that are associated with a presentation playlist or a Live
Program. Presenter Notes are located at the end of a presentation playlist file
and can be typed into the file directly (not recommended) or can be modified
and saved to that file by using the VPLE’s Presenter Notes section in the
Summary View in Presentation Mode. Presenter Notes are accessed from the the
iPad SOS Remote app’s Presenter Notes button.