This month we bring you two small changes to improve the user experience: a new way to remove search fields, and linked search fields so they are easier to find.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
This month we have a new feature in Table View and a few updates to the available metadata.
Selecting Metadata Fields (Part 2)
Last month we added the ability to select metadata fields while in the Slideshow View. This month we added the ability to do the same thing while in the Table View. To add or remove a field, simply hover your mouse over the table header. A small toolbar will appear below the field you've selected. Clicking on the trashcan icon in the middle will remove the field from the selected metadata fields. Clicking on the + on the left or right of the toolbar will allow you to add a new field before or after the selected field.
Index Files as Downloadable Products
STIS Metadata Fields
We have added a new field for HST STIS: STIS Proposed Aperture Type. We have also corrected some errors in the normal Aperture Type for STIS.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Selecting Metadata Fields
- In the Table View
- In the Slideshow View (when you click on a thumbnail)
- On the Detail tab
New Tutorial Videos
Support for Microsoft Edge
Thursday, May 21, 2020
- CORSS_8001 (197 from Cassini RSS)
- COUVIS_8001 (277 from Cassini UVIS)
- COVIMS_8001 (248 from Cassini VIMS)
- EBROCC_0001 (12 from ground-based telescopes)
- Occultation Type - The type of the occultation (Radio, Solar, or Stellar)
- Occultation Direction - The direction of the occultation through the ring plane (Ingress, Egress, or Both)
- Body Occultation Flag - Yes or No indicating if there is a planetary or satellite body intercepted by the profile
- Temporal Sampling Interval - The time interval between adjacent points in the profile
- Data Quality Score - For data sets that support it, the subjective quality of the profile (Good, Fair, or Poor)
- Detectable Optical Depth - The range of optical depths detectable in the profile
- Wavelength Band - The wavelength of the observation (S, X, Ka, IR, Visible, or UV)
- Signal Source Name - The source of the photons used in the profile (Cassini or the name of a star)
- Receiver Host Name - The name of the receiver (Cassini, a DSN antenna, or one of the ground-based telescopes)
- Wavelength Constraints includes information on the actual wavelengths used to create the profile
- Ring Geometry Constraints includes information about incidence, emission, and ring opening angle, ring radius range, ring longitude range, and ring resolution
- Cassini Mission Constraints, Cassini UVIS Constraints, and Cassini VIMS Constraints, as appropriate, include information about the raw observations that were used to make the profile
Other Miscellaneous Changes
- Selections that are not relevant are now called "N/A" instead of "NULL".
- We changed all Ring Geometry Constraints "body center" metadata fields into "range" fields (with a minimum and maximum stored in the database) to support the ranges available for occultation profiles. These fields now support the "any/all/only" query types, although for non-occultation observations the minimum and maximum will always be the same for a given observation. In the future, all ring geometry will be regenerated so that these fields have appropriate ranges of values.
- The Surface Geometry Constraints / Multiple Target List metadata field is now in title case instead of all upper case.
- We fixed a problem with Cassini UVIS HSP observations where they had the wrong duration and stop time.
- We changed Cassini VIMS IR and Visual exposure durations to be in units of seconds instead of milliseconds to be consistent with all other duration fields
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- The ability to sort on more than one metadata field at a time
- Improved support for small mobile devices and tablets
- A minor change to the Multiple Target List field to make your life easier
Improved Mobile Support
Friday, March 6, 2020
This month we have two big new features for you, as well as a couple of small ones:
- The ability to search on string fields using regular expressions
- A new Multiple Target List field for searching on targets in the field of view
- Tooltips are now available on touchscreen-only devices
- You can copy-and-paste the green hinting numbers
- contains - The metadata field contains the search string somewhere within it
- begins - The metadata field starts with the search string
- ends - The metadata field ends with the search string
- matches - The metadata field matches the search string exactly
- excludes - The metadata field does not contain the search string
- regex - The metadata field matches the given regular expression
The Multiple Target List Field
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
- The ability to add all current results to the cart
- Thumbnails in the table view
- Improved handling of surface geometry target constraints
- A new API Guide and minor changes to the API itself
- Support for directly creating PDF files from the Help menu
- New search fields for HST STIS and Cassini
- A change to HST OPUS IDs
Add All Results to Cart
There are two ways to add all of the current observations to the cart. The first is the Add all results to cart menu available on any thumbnail or table row; it doesn't matter which observation you use as they all do the same thing. The second is the shopping cart icon available at the left edge of the header of the table view. Both will ask for confirmation before performing the operation.
Thumbnails in the Table View
Improved Handling of Surface Geometry ConstraintsSurface Geometry fields are available by selecting a Surface Geometry Target Name under the Surface Geometry Constraints category. Only one surface geometry target can be selected at a time. Now, when you change the surface geometry target, all of the search fields related to the previous target that you created will automatically switch to the new target while keeping their old search values. This is useful if, for example, you are looking for observations of a set of moons at a particular range of phase angles. Just choose your first target, set the phase angle range, and add all of those observations to your cart. Then change the target and the same phase angle range will automatically be used for the new target. Then you can add all of those observations to the cart as well.
New API Guide and API Changes
Creation of PDF Files
New Search Fields for HST STIS and Cassini
- STIS Optical Element under Hubble Mission Constraints gives the optical element (grating, mirror, or prism) used for an HST STIS observation. It is NULL for all other instruments.
- Cassini Original Target Name under Cassini Mission Constraints gives the original TARGET_NAME field supplied by the instrument teams. The meaning of this field varies by instrument and observation and should only be used by researchers familiar with these details. Normally, Intended Target Name gives a better representation of the actual primary target of the observation. OPUS creates Intended Target Name from a variety of sources to give the most useful results for most researchers.