NLAS Harvesters
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Point Data Documentation
3.1 NLAS Harvesters
One way to add LiDAR data sets to RAMADDA is to set up a LiDAR Collection harvester in RAMADDA. This is a special purpose instance of the general purpose File Harvester facility that RAMADDA provides.

A Harvester is configured to scan a specified server-side file system directory tree. A pattern can be provided to determine what files should be harvested. The harvester will automatically detect new LiDAR files and load them into RAMADDA. You have the option of leaving the files in place or moving them into RAMADDA's data store.

LVIS Example

On our NLAS/LVIS machine we have data on disk:
  mcgowan:ls lvis

  mcgowan:ls lvis/LVIS_Arkansas/
That we want to map into the RAMADDA repository so that the LVIS_... directories are represented with RAMADDA LiDAR Collections and the files are LiDAR Data as shown here.

The Harvester we have set up points to the top-level lvis directory. When it scans it walks the tree down and discovers a file (e.g., LVIS_US_AR_2006_20080819.lce). The harvester creates a LiDAR Collection folder from the parent directory of the file (e.g., LVIS_Arkansas). It replaces any underscore "_" with a space " " and uses that as the name of the collection entry. The file is then ingested and scanned to extract spatial metadata. The new LiDAR Data entry is then created with the parent collection entry.

The NLAS plugin provides a special purpose LiDAR Collection harvester. This harvester type creates the right kind of folder and entry types for the harvested data. To create a harvester you need to be a site administrator. From the Admin->Harvesters page select the New Harvester button. Enter a name for your harvester and for Type select "LiDAR Collection" in the form:

New Harvester Form
Image 1: New Harvester Form
The Harvester edit form is the same as for the general purpose File Harvester facility in RAMADDA. The only difference is the Entry Types are just the LiDAR Data entry types.

Enter the server file system directory, the destination RAMADDA folder and, optionally, select a LiDAR entry type. The harvester can be configured to automatically run on a specified schedule.


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