User's Guide

This page is intended to help you get started developing your own online remote sensing learning activities, using our free toolkit of Reusable Content Objects. If you have tried out some of our currently published activities, you may want to create your own lessons if you:

  • Have data or imagery available specific to your area of interest
  • Want to create web-based, interactive activities for this data

Note activities utilizing the SOSE toolkit require Java-enabled web browsers. This is typically a non-issue but if you want to ensure your web browser is Java-enabled, go here. To see if utilizing SOSE's free RCO toolkit is appropriate for you, first ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I have a web server I can host my learning activities on, and do I have a web-developer who can create some HTML to wrap my activities with?
  2. Do I see a tool or functionality in the SOSE RCO Directory that will meet my development needs?

If you answered yes, here are some general guidelines for developing an activity.

  1. Plan out your activity/lesson. Do you have a set of images you want to work with? How do you want your users to interact with the data? Do you want them to be able to identify features in the data, track features in the data, or something else? Do you see any RCOs in our Directory that will provide the desired interaction?
  2. Click the link for the description page of any RCOs you will be using. On each page you'll find usage instructions. The steps are always essentially this:

    Create an HMTL file to wrap your activity.

    Use the template provided to create an XML file which will configure your activity.

    Download the RCO(s) used by this activity (sometimes it may be more than one).

    Move the HTML file, XML file, and RCO to a web server. We suggest testing it first of course! You can test on your workstation by bringing up your web browser and using a file-based URL to load your HTML file, such as: