Browsing dropdown in the Search Window display categories. Your system comes
with Air, Experiences, Extras, Land, Movies, People, Snow and Ice, Space,
Tours, Water. Add new categories as desired. Add as many categories as is
appropriate for your dataset.
For an image sequence (directory of images), you must enter the
Period, Filename Mask and for frame counts, also add
File Seq Start (file sequence start) and File Seq
Increment (file sequence end). See [Establishing Time Sequences for
Images][establishing-time] for more information.
If your dataset is not Earth and is a “celestial body” then checking this box
disables geographic overlays specific to Earth. KML Icon Scale
Factor scales the size of icons. KML Override Icon allows
you to browse to a .png file that will be used for your KML placemarks.
Because SOSx uses basic image formats like JPEG, and PNG as its main input
format, there are many tools available for creating datasets. Common examples
are Photoshop®, ImageMagick®, GIMP, GIS, etc.
For creating MPEG4 files with transitions, special effects and narration,
programs such as FinalCut Pro® and Adobe After Effects® are useful.
Tools like IDL, AWIPS, McIDAS, and other image analysis applications are
typically used to create imagery from scientific data sets. GIS programs such
as ArcGIS or Quantum GIS can be used to create map images.
Graphics designers can use a 3D modeling applications, like 3D Studio®, to
create advanced visualizations.
GIS programs such as ArcGIS or Quantum GIS can be used to create map images. A
tutorial for creating SOSx datasets with Quantum GIS is available here: QGIS
The following article, researching the public understanding of science content,
was written by SOS Users Collaborative Network members: Phipps, M. and Rowe, S.
(2010) Seeing satellite data Public Understanding of Science.