Ingesting Data

Congratulations, you’re ready to ingest some data. If you’ve made it this far you should already have some data indexed, and want to tile it up into a faster storage format or projection system.

Ingestion Configuration

An Ingestion Configuration file defines a mapping from the way one set of Datasets is stored, into a new storage scheme for the data. This will be recorded in the index as a new Product, and the data will be manipulated and written out to disk in the new format.

An Ingestion Config is written in YAML and contains the following:

  • which measurements are stored

  • what projection the data is stored in

  • what resolution the data is stored in

  • how data is tiled

  • where the data is stored

  • how the data should be resampled and compressed

Multiple ingestion configurations can be kept around to ingest datasets into different projections, resolutions, etc.

Ingestion Config

An ingestion config is a document which defines the way data should be prepared for high performance access. This can include slicing the data into regular chunks, reprojecting into to the desired projection and compressing the data.

An Ingestion Config is written in YAML and contains the following:

  • Source Product name - source_type

  • Output Product name - output_type

  • Output file location and file name template

  • Global metadata attributes

  • Storage format, specifying:

    • Driver

    • CRS

    • Resolution

    • Tile size

    • Tile Origin

  • Details about measurements:

    • Output measurement name

    • Source measurement name

    • Resampling method

    • Data type

    • Compression options

output_type

Name of the output Product. It’s used as a human-readable identifer. Must be unique and consist of alphanumeric characters and/or underscores.

description (optional)

A human-readable description of the output Product.

location

Directory to write the output storage units.

file_path_template

File path pattern defining the name of the storage unit files. TODO: list available substitutions

global_attributes

File level (NetCDF) attributes

storage
driver

Storage type format. Currently only ‘NetCDF CF’ is supported

crs

Definition of the output coordinate reference system for the data to be stored in. May be specified as an EPSG code or WKT.

tile_size

Size of the tiles for the data to be stored in specified in projection units. Use latitude and longitude if the projection is geographic, otherwise use x and y

origin

Coordinates of the bottom-left or top-left corner of the (0,0) tile specified in projection units. If coordinates are for top-left corner, ensure that the latitude or y dimension of tile_size is negative so tile indexes count downward. Use latitude and longitude if the projection is geographic, otherwise use x and y

resolution

Resolution for the data to be stored in specified in projection units. Negative values flip the axis. Use latitude and longitude if the projection is geographic, otherwise use x and y

chunking

Size of the internal NetCDF chunks in ‘pixels’.

dimension_order

Order of the dimensions for the data to be stored in. Use latitude and longitude if the projection is geographic, otherwise use x and y. TODO: currently ignored. Is it really needed?

measurements

Mapping of the input measurement names as specified in the Dataset Documents to the per-measurement ingestion parameters

dtype

Data type to store the data in. One of (u)int(8,16,32,64), float32, float64

resampling_method

Resampling method. One of nearest, cubic, bilinear, cubic_spline, lanczos, average.

name

Name of the NetCDF variable to store the data in.

nodata (optional)

No data value

Ingest Some Data

A command line tool is used to ingest data

Configuration samples are available as part of the open source Github repository.