Getting started with SoSIna

If you ask how to get started or how SoSIna works this page is for you. You can use this guide, designed to help you dive into SoSIna Web Portal and find what you need. First thing: 

What is SoSIna anyway?

The SoSIna Web Portal will make available environmental and climate data provided by the NextData project to support decision-makers, stakeholders, and the scientific community in the development of environmental analyses.

How is it useful?

SoSIna searches information for you and provides functionalities like:

  • Discovery (Simple Search, Advanced Search)
  • Access (Download function to access data)
  • Visualization

How to start using SoSIna

To start immediately using SoSIna follow these simple steps:

  • Add a search term in the search field (large input on the top of the map wink). For example you can add terms like temperature, sea, humid or "*" (to select all of them)
  • Click on the lens icon on the right of the input search field
  • The SoSIna Web Portal answers with a set of matching results coming from all the brokered resources in the form of a paginated catalog
  • The geographic area pertaining to retrieved results will be highlighted and bounded into a rectangle on the map
  • Select the result you want to access to and click on the download button (chose "i" for information and "down arrow" for download)

  • Select options from the options panel and select the proper format, spatial and temporal subset

  • Click on the download button and download data
  • If some error occurs a message will be displayed on the screen
Note: clicking on the info button cited above will make appear metadata info regarding the selected file

Advanced Search

Discovery Sources

In order to select a specific subset of the resources published you can perform a select directly from the advanced settings menu (gear button) on the right of the search button and click on the "Data source" menu


Space and Time constraints

From this panel you can select proper spatial and temporal constraints. Selecting "Constraints" or "Overlaps" you can constraint the results to be contained in the selected bounding box or instead overlapping the selected bounding box.

The "Visible map" options instead, if checked, force the results to be constrained to the map geographic extent or otherwise to be set using the geographic input field below.



Fields and Semantics

The "Field and Semantic" menu allows the user to specify the semantic relation and the search field linked to the search term


The semantic relation could be "More specific", "More general" or "Similar"

Map options

On the right of the page we have some additional button that can be used for example to change the zoom or get a "Full screen" version of the map itself




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