OpenEarth provides an integral approach for data, models and tools. Currently there are tens of Gb of data hosted by OpenEarthTools and over 2000 Matlab functions. Whereas initially OpenEarth faced the challenge that not enough data, models and tools were provided, currently we face the challenge that almost too much is available. This 'getting started' introduces the structure behind this overwhelming amount of information. Regardless of whether the content of OpenEarth is complex, the basic structure in which the content is provided is always simple and straightforward. OpenEarth strives for web services for data, models and tools as shown in the sketch below.
There are basically three kinds of web-services: for graphics, for data and for computer code. For graphics of data and model results OGC kml feeds (aka Google Earth feeds) are provided (3). For published data and model results an OPeNDAP server is provided (2) whereas for computer code (tools) , (unpublished) raw data and model input schematisations a Subversion repository is available (1). The workflow for users that only consume the data, models and tools is 3 > 2 > 1. This 'getting started' document is primarily meant for users that consume the data. In contrast, the workflow for the OpenEarth developers that provide all the data, models and tools is 1 > 2 > 3.
Powerful Google Earth visualisations, overview of visualisations and overview of OPeNDAP data
Direct web access to user-defined selections of Gigabytes of well-structured data.
A growing and improving collection of free tools, tens of Gigabytes of raw data + processing scripts and model schematisations
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