Topic outline

  • Hello and welcome!

    The OSCAR/Surface training course for RA II takes place on 06.-09.07.2021. It consists of three  videoconference parts (in the mornings) and three online sessions on this platform. Here you will find all necessary information to be able to get familiar and work with OSCAR/Surface. You can also use this platform as a tool to interact with us and the other participants of the RA II OSCAR/Surface training, exchange best practices and find answers for more specific questions you came across working with OSCAR/Surface.

    We are happy to see you here, hope you enjoy the course and get the most out of it!

    The OSCAR/Surface Team

  • About this platform and how to use it

    On this platform you can find three sessions as according to the program of the OSCAR/Surface Training Course for RA II countries.  In each session you will learn about a different topic around OSCAR/Surface, which will help you to get familiar with the platform and the according tools. You will test, practice and demonstrate what you have learned in each session by handing in specific assignments (mandatory for the course certificate).

    In each session one member of the OSCAR/Surface team will provide you some feedback on the assignments and you will be able to discuss and ask questions during the interactive sessions via Teams as indicated in the program. Each session also contains of a small quiz to test your knowledge and some reading instructions where to find more information in the OSCAR/Surface user manual.

    You can mark and monitor your progress of all sessions on the right side by ticking the check boxes for each element you accomplished. The check boxes for the assignments will be ticked as soon as a member of the OSCAR/Surface team has approved your assignment. Please note the deadlines for the assignments!

    If you have questions or want to discuss topics with all the others, you can use the interactive sessions via Teams or the forum - you can find the forum under "A place to mingle...".

    • Session 0 (Tues 29.06.): Get yourself setup for the course

      Here you can find some material around the registration at OSCAR/Surface (DEPL and PROD). For the assignments you need to be an registered user at OSCAR/Surface DEPL, the deployment/test environment of OSCAR/Surface (https://oscardepl.wmo.int/surface/). To add your additional stations in the end to OSCAR/Surface, you also need to be an registered user at OSCAR/Surface (PROD - the "normal" user interface). Be aware that both user accounts are separate from each other, so you need to register twice if you have not done yet. It is important that you do start doing the assignments on the test system (DEPL) and only switch to the operational system (PROD) at the end of this course when you feel comfortable implementing your changes.

    • Session 1 (Tues 06.07.): Using OSCAR/Surface to retrieve information; Analysis of your national observational network and the status in OSCAR/Surface

      The aim of this course is to get you setup to be able to use OSCAR/Surface (for analysis, station registration, update of stations). To do so we start with learning how to find information in OSCAR/Surface and an analysis of your national observational network and its representation in OSCAR/Surface.

      The video tutorial of this session will help you how to investigate the status of the representation of your national observational network in OSCAR/Surface (if you know already how to search for stations etc. you can skip it of course). You find information on how to search for stations via the API in the video tutorial of session 3.

      The final assignment of this session (analysis of your current network and its representation in OSCAR/Surface) will help you to structure your future work in OSCAR/Surface.

    • Session 2 (Wed 07.07.): Register stations using the OSCAR/Surface GUI and the web client

      This session is about three (of five) pathways how to register (and edit) new stations in OSCAR/Surface. You will learn and test how to register stations using the graphical user interface (GUI) of OSCAR/Surface and the web client.

      The video tutorial of this session is on the registration of a station in OSCAR/Surface. For information about the web client and the templates, you can watch the video from the webinar, which is posted here as well.

      The assignments of this session will help you to learn how to register stations using the GUI (general form and templates) and the web client and to experience advantages/disadvantages of the one over the other.

    • Session 3 (Thu 08.07.): Register stations (XML representation) using the OSCAR/Surface GUI and the machine-to-machine interface (API)

      This session is about the other two (of four) pathways how to register (and edit) new stations in OSCAR/Surface. You will learn and test how to register stations using the XML presentation of stations, uploading it through the GUI of OSCAR/Surface or using the API.

      The video tutorials of this session are on the XML presentation of stations and on the API.

      The assignments of this session will help you to learn how to register and edit XML representation of stations using the GUI and the API and to be able to compare all four methods how to register stations in OSCAR/Surface. Starting from that you will reflect on which methodology is the best for the tasks (additions you want to add in OSCAR/Surface) that you stated in assignment 1. You can also use this session to start working on implementing more stations/metadata to OSCAR/Surface.