There are many situations where it is beneficial to create a federation of myObservatory users who share a common endeavor or discipline. In this case myObservatory can provide an Enterprise Solution to an intermediary organization, which manages its own individual accounts within the myObservatory system. This system, including basic setup, applying your own logos, style customizations, and helping you with launch support are provided through a one-time setup fee of $3,000.00. In some cases you may need customizations beyond the basic initial setup, including custom development of new tools; in these cases, an itemized budget for Non-Renewable Engineering (NRE) costs is based on the scope of the work needed to complete the customizations. These are the initial setup costs to an Enterprise Solution client; once a customized Enterprise Solution has been created, the intermediary organization purchases end user licenses at wholesale and sells these individual private label subscriptions to their constituency. The wholesale price of the end user licenses are discounted based on volume.
By creating a private labeled version of myObservatory, you (the client) will be able to control some of the look and feel of the myObservatory system as well as add any additional content in user help, feature access, and other content management tools. This is done through the Enterprise Manager tool that comes with the Enterprise Solution product. The Enterprise Solution product is sold without end user support. As the intermediary, you provide end user support so that your particular use of the system is relevant to your customers. This arrangement allows you to integrate your custom myObservatory platform into any existing business workflows and to make all decisions concerning payment, deployment, and synergies with existing client relationships and educational activities. You can elect to have myObservatory provide end user support for your customer base and this additional service will be scoped and added to the wholesale cost of the end user licenses.
To get started, simply contact us and select the subject “Request for Enterprise Solution Free Trial“, and provide your background information including a short narrative of how you imagine using the Enterprise Solution.
myObservatory is a powerful set of information management tools that can support a wide range of useful workflows. The free trial period is your opportunity to test out how you would use the myObservatory Enterprise Solution and determine if it is the right solution for your needs. If you decide that myObservatory is the right tool for you, you can take one of two paths:
Development of additional functionality for myObservatory for your specific needs follows a set of steps including gathering of requirements, wire framing and quote, mockup designs, and full implementation. Specifically, this process will be followed:
Depending on the nature of the new development, some features are useful for the entire myObservatory ecosystem; others are too specific to a single enterprise’s workflow to be useful for everyone. Others still may be useful for everyone, but due to an enterprise’s product positioning or intellectual capital, should not be shared. During the Pilot Project we will establish whether the new functionality should be shared with all myObservatory users or kept specific to your enterprise.
In our experience, keeping momentum on a project leads to its success. If a long period of time passes between any of the numbered steps above, the project can be drawn out as people re-familiarize themselves with where the project stands. As such, we expect a response to our questions or wireframes & design proofs within one week of delivery, and we also promise a response to your questions within one week. This is particularly important during the design and mockup phase. The designs and quote will indicate a timeline or ETA for completion of the new features, as development may often take longer than one week – but development will begin within one week of your acceptance of the design plan. This way we all ensure momentum is kept up and the project succeeds.
Raster Animation gives you the ability to upload special data sets composed of georeferenced imagery (e.g. GeoTIFF files), in a specific structure for different observations through time. The map then has a specialized viewer that lets you view this data in a colored overlay, with an animation feature letting you cycle through the different "aspects" of the data (e.g. depth, or time).
If you have data sampled regularly across a physical region, the Interpolation Viewer feature will assemble a graphic representation of that data, interpolating to fill in the missing pieces based on the data that you've collected. Right now this is performed using the Inverse Distance Weighting geostatistical approach, but additional interpolation methods such as Kriging are in development.
Once you have uploaded numeric data that has record-level locations for a given set of stations in a dataset, you may enable interpolations for that dataset, which will let you use the interpolation viewer shown below. If your samples cover a varied time range as well, you may animate through time or through the different stations in your interpolation-enabled dataset.
Professional and Premium subscriptions have the ability to define advanced locations. This includes using Hand-Drawn Shapes as a data "location", useful for easily organizing data within arbitrary geographic regions like fields and paddocks. You also gain the ability to use Zone Grids, which is a tool allowing you to define a grid over a geographic region composed of up to 10 rows and columns. This provides a simple and easy scaffolding for easily marking the location of data and observations within a field with more granularity than simply within the field, but without the annoyance of needing to record specific latitude and longitude locations for each individual observation. In other words, Zone Grids provide you with a middle ground of location granularity between being in a certain field, and having a specific latitude and longitude.
Quality Assurance tools allow you to ensure data is clean and valid within myObservatory. This can include making sure there are no typos, e.g. non-numeric characters for number values, as well as making sure numbers make sense (valid range, proper units, and so forth). Statistical tools also allow you to flag severe outliers or other key points. These tools can also be used to quickly check for "nodata" values from weather stations such as temperatures of -9999. When a QA test is triggered for a value, it can be considered a failure (prevents publishing), or a warning (which can be a positive or negative thing - warnings just highlight certain data). Customizable tests are intended to be very flexible and may be defined in a variety of ways as shown below.
Professional and Premium subscriptions gain access to a step by step tool to view and access data, including packaging it with all attached files into a direct download for local use.
he Advanced Statistics features allow you to generate univariate statistics, view time series plots, and view cross plots for any combination of data stations and locations, including several sets of data on the same plot when desired. This is a powerful set of analysis tools for finding relationships and trends.
Premium subscriptions are able to set locations at the record level, in addition to just at the dataset and station level. This opens the door to additional advanced features such as interpolations.
The Hand Drawn Shapes ability lets you draw custom map details, such as outlining field boundaries, adding points of interest, or denoting other key areas. The shapes that you draw using this feature can be used as a "location" for other uploaded data, making these shapes valuable as containers for organizing data within fields, paddocks, or other logical boundaries. You may also upload KML files (e.g. from Google Earth ™) into this feature for use.
The ability to upload KML files (e.g. from Google Earth™) will let you show reference material on the map. This is handy for reference material that won't be used as a "location" for other datasets (in which case the Hand Drawn Shapes feature is more appropriate, which can also import KML files).
The Three File Template is a specialized set of Excel template files which are very convenient for organizing data for upload to myObservatory. It is structured as a file for datasets, a file for stations, and a file for records. This allows you upload multiple different datasets and/or stations in one operation, and makes uploading and continuing to upload incoming regularly-formatted data easy. It was modelled after common ways of storing streamflow and weather station data.
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