Metagrid (Beta): Introduction/FAQ¶
Metagrid: an introduction¶
Several new features¶
Facet value free-text entry: Users no longer must scroll through a long list of value names for models, experiments, variables, etc. Instead, they can start typing the name and the Metagrid webapp will make a list of suggestions based on string pattern matching.
Saved searches: Save and re-run your search query at a later date on a different browser or system.
Shareable result links: Hand a link off to your colleagues to repeat your search
In addition, Metagrid addresses a long-standing issue that has impacted the CoG web frontend’s ability to deliver the “Wget Script”. Download of the script with specific browser versions would produce a script with incorrect files. To our knowledge this is no longer an issue for Metagrid.
Metagrid awaits your feedback. Please give this interface a try for your ESGF data discovery needs.
Mobile Devices: Metagrid cannot render on a mobile device: the search results are collapsed in the small sized window.
Edge Browser for Windows: (Tested witn Windows 10) Metagrid is incompatible with the Edge browser
Long Facet Value Strings: Some values within the search facets, for example several source_id under UofMD.. on the input4MIPs search are longer than the field permits and are truncated with elipses (…) characters without a means to display the full value string.
License info: Under the “Citation” pane for each search result, the License info for the data set is not displayed.
Q: Where should I start with getting to know the Metagrid user interface? I’m fairly new to ESGF and this interface, search results seems rather unfamiliar.
A: If you are unfamiliar with the interface, you may want to take a tour. Click on the Blue Question Mark icon in lower right corner of the page, then click on the available tour for your current page.
Q: I would like to share some feedback of Metagrid. Is there an easy way to do so?
A: We have integrated HotJar into Metagrid to collect feedback. Locate the gray tab in the lower-right corner of the page. The HotJar popup window will ask a series of questions. The freetext answer fields are optional so can be skipped with the “Skip” link, but answers to the questions on a scale of 0-10 are required to complete the short survey.
For more specific suggestion: bug reports, feature requests, etc., please open an issue on the Metagrid GitHub repo: https://github.com/aims-group/metagrid/issues
Q: How can I find Cordex data. It is not listed under projects.
A: For the time being Cordex data can be found under the last listed project All (except CMIP6). A search view for Cordex is coming soon.
Q: Why exclude CMIP6 from all other projects?
A: CMIP6 introduced a different naming convention for several of the properties of the datasets in our search database, such as the model and experiment. As we have been unable to reconcile the old and new conventions trivially, instead we provide results on separate pages. We realize this may pose an inconvenince to comparing data between older project data.
Q: How do I include/exclude replicas in my search and search for old versions?
A: The search selection Dropdowms to toggle replicas and versions (latest or all) is under the **Additional Properties* tab of the Faceted search bar on the left. Additionally, the search selectors for Version Date Range are located in this tab.
Q: Why do I see multiple instances of the same search results?
A: Some datasets have replica copies published at additional sites. (See replicas above) You can toggle replicas off and see only a single result. Additionally, it might be advantageous to download a replica instead of the original, for instance the original data node might report being offline, or you are aware of geographical proximity to the host node, eg. North America, Europe or Asia. You may use the
Data Node search facet to select a node, each listed by the domain name with the reported status indicator.
Q: What can I do if there are no files for a particular dataset? Is this an error?
A: Yes its likely this was due to an error in “publication” where we populate the file records for datasets. First, modify your search to see if there is a more recent version of the data set available or a replica may have the files correctly published. If that does not yield files for the dataset, then please contact support so the appropriate data managers can investigate the issue.
Q: Can I use my existing ESGF account?
A: Existing ESGF accounts are not compatible with Metagrid. For now, test accounts are available. You have the option to create a test account at the CEDA server or use credentials from GitHUb or your ORCID
Q: Why doesn’t my Http download work in Chrome?
A: As ESGF is a distributed system, meaning that the data files are hosted and served from many independent servers, some of the servers have published their data using http links (as opposed to secure https links). Such links are listed in the search results without modification. In the recent past (several years ago) this arrangement was not of concern for the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox). somewhat recently, the browsers have introduced a security feature to disable insecure content when linked from a secure page. The consequence is that the http links provided from some servers are disabled by default. The remedy is to adjust security/privacy settings for your broswer.
For Chrome users, you will need to go to your Settings -> Security & Privacy -> Site Settings -> Additional Content Settings -> Insecure content. Add a site (using the button) to add
aims2.llnl.gov to your list of sites. That site execption will enable the downloads to proceed.
Q: Can I perform a Globus download using Metagrid?
A: Not at present. Access to Globus script downloads is coming soon.