Oasis HUB - How it works

Oasis HUB is on a mission to make environmental data, (and tools) easy to find, access, and use.

The Oasis HUB informs and inspires an increasingly wider group of stakeholders to understand and address the growing impacts brought about by climate-related disasters, by developing adaptation solutions. In the event, that environmental data and tools aren’t readily available, a soon to be released crowdsourcing tool will support collaborative working to develop solutions. Here we set out some instructions on how to create an account, find, download and upload data, and find tools and services.

CREATING AN ACCOUNT

Creating an account on the Oasis HUB is really easy.

Click the Create Account button at the top of the screen and provide the requested details.

Homepage, create account


Note your username must be in lower case characters.

You can view the website terms and conditions by clicking the highlighted link.

Once you have provided all the details click the Create Account button.

Register Account dialogue


Once you have created your account you will be presented with the login screen complete with the credentials you previously entered. Click the login button.

Login Dialogue


Once you’ve logged in you can start to find data, tools and services. Let’s start with data.

FINDING DATA

The Oasis HUB is the home to freely available and commercial data. Access to the data is from the search bar; just type what you are looking for and where.

In the following example, the search is for windstorm data in Europe.

Free Text Search Example (European windstorms)

Results

All the datasets that match your search criteria are listed on the right-hand side of the page. The left aspect of the page summarises:

  • The organisations that created the datasets.
  • Groups that may be associated with the datasets.
  • Tags, which are labels to help classify the data further.
  • The formats in which the data is available.
  • The license agreements related to the individual datasets.

Search Results

Details

To inspect the datasets in more detail just click one of the titles on the results page, in this example we will look at the XWS extreme wind storm Catalogue. 


The left side of the page has information about the price, the source organisation, the ability to share the dataset through social media and a link to the license information.

 

A tabbed interface provides information about the dataset in the form of an abstract, and links to additional documentation. Depending on the resource, the explore buttons provide access to more details, and the ability to preview the data before download.

 

Below the resources are the tags associated with the dataset, a link to the source, a list of authors, a link to the maintainer, the date the dataset was last updated, the date it was created and the time range the dataset covers.

 

The Groups tab lists any groups to which the dataset has been added.

The Activity Stream is the audit trail of edits and updates.

The Dataset Forum tab is the place where questions are posted, and answers are provided by other members of the community and the dataset authors.

Dataset record - European Windstorms

Preview

One of the benefits of the Oasis HUB is the ability to preview data prior to purchase or download.

 

In this example we will preview the European Storm Tracks resource just by clicking the Explore button, and Preview.

Explore dataset


Clicking Preview is an excellent way to “try before you buy” (or download) in the case of data that is free of charge.

This presents a sample view of the live data.

XWS Map


The Preview provides access to additional elements through the Resources section, which typically presents the data in different formats, allowing you to chose the most appropriate for your needs.

In cases where additional resources exist it is possible (depending on the type) to view it in different forms:

  • Grid
  • Graph
  • Map

And carry out some basic functions.

Grid View

By clicking the XWS Catalogue resource in the European Storm Tracks dataset you can view the data in a Grid view.

European XWS Grid View


Within the grid view, you can: 

  • Sort
  • Search
  • Filter.

Graph

By clicking the graph button you can view the data in a range of different graph types. Again, it's a very simple process. 

  • Graph Type
  • Choose axis 1 and 2
  • Add series

Graph Welcome Page

The following example is graphing the XWS Catalogue data using a column graph type, and the 925hPa wind speed max for Axis 1, and 925hPa wind speed max over EurLand for Axis 2.

Creating a graph
Map

The map view is a high-level representation of the data.

Map View

Go to the resource

After viewing and manipulating the data you can then download it to use in your own work simply by clicking on the Go to the resource button and accepting the License Terms, which can also be viewed from this screen.

Licence Agreement

FINDING TOOLS AND SERVICES

In addition to data, the Oasis HUB also provides access to an ever-expanding array of software tools and services.

 Click one of the icons to view all the tools related to that category.


Tools and Services Icons

The following is a sample of tools from the hydraulic section.

Tools Section - Hydraulics


To move to a different category within tools and services, click the drop-down at the top right of the screen.

Switching between tools and services categories

UPLOADING DATA

Data is associated with Organisations. In order to upload data, an organisation must exist. If one doesn't, it can be created as follows.

Click the menu at the top right of the screen.

Menu Button

When the menu appears, select Community, followed by the sub-menu, Organisation.

Organisation Menu


Click the Add Organisation button.

Add Organisation Button


Provide the necessary details for your organisation, and click the Create Organisation button.


Add Organisation Details

You can now upload data.

Data upload

Click the menu button in the top right of the screen.

Menu Button

Click Community, followed by the sub-menu Organisations.

Find your organisation and click to open its details.

Click the Add Dataset button.

Add Dataset Button

Complete the required fields to create the dataset, then click the Next Add Data button.

Create Dataset Form

On the Add Data page, and provide the necessary information. When completed click Finish or Save & Add Another if you have more datasets to add.

Add Dataset Details Form


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