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Discovery Environment - Data Management


DE2 Data Store Walkthrough

learning objectives

  • Recognize the data store environment and how to navigate it
  • Use data store through GUI to interact with community datasets
  • Describe how to create a directory in the data store

Data Window


Community Data on DE2


Changing Locations on DE2


Sorting Folders in DE2


Navigate to the FOSS Folder

The folder is inside Community Data and called foss

FOSS Folder Location

Which contains:

FOSS Folder Contents

Creating Folders in the Data Store

Navigate to the spring-2021 folder, you should see the following:

FOSS Spring 2021 Contents

Inside the folder that matches the day that you attend FOSS, create a folder that matches your CyVerse username.

Create a Folder

What can we do with this?


In small groups discuss the following questions:

  1. How might you use the Data Store in your work?
  2. Does the data store allow your data to be FAIR?
  3. What is one way you could use the data store in FOSS for your group work?

Leave Feedback on the DE2 Layout and User Interface

Leave Feedback for the DE2

Classic DE Data Store Walkthrough


Data Window

  • Open the data window and upload a file:



Using metadata in the Classic DE



Advanced Metadata Usage in Classic DE

The Data Commons provides advanced metadata features in the Discovery Environment, including:

Exercise: - Open the DE - Apply a Plant Ontology template to a folder. - Apply an ontology term to a file or folder.

Exercise: 1. Copy the B123 file to your home directory - Using icommands:

$ icd /iplant/home/$username
$ icp -r /iplant/home/rwalls/B123 B123
$ ils
  • In the DE:
  • create a folder in your home directory called B123
  • Move into B123
  • Upload >> Import from URL…
  • paste each of the URLs below into a slot. This must be done in two batches.

2. Apply metadata - In the DE apply the DE apply metadata to the contents of B123

  • Browse to B123
  • View the metadata for one of the files using the Metadata menu or the three dots (it should be blank)
  • View the contents of the file Rice_metadata.csv
  • Browse back to your home directory
  • Check the box next to B123
  • Select Metadata > Apply Bulk Metadata
  • Select the file B123/Rice_metadata.csv
  • Browse back to B123
  • View the metadata of the different files in the directory

3. Advanced search - Click on the search magnifying glass - Click + - Change File Name to Metadata - Under Attribute, type treatment, under Value type cold - Hit Search

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