In this article, we will give a basic overview of the EarthAI Notebook interface to enable you to easily navigate the platform and quickly access the tools you need to get started on your analysis.
Once you have logged in and launched an EarthAI Notebook server, you will see the initial welcome screen. EarthAI Notebook is built on top of a JupyterLab interface, which is designed for interactive, exploratory computing. The interface consists of:
- the main work area (outlined in pink in the figure below), which consists of tabs of documents and activities;
- a left sidebar (outlined in green) that contains a file browser, list of running kernels and terminals, and more; and
- a top menu bar (outlined in blue).
The main work area is where you can view documents, create, edit, and run notebooks, and launch other applications. In the left sidebar, the file browser tab lists all of the files that are locally stored in your EarthAI Notebook environment.
From the welcome screen in the main work area, select Go To Launcher as shown below.
This will take you to the Launcher page, as displayed below. The Launcher is a collection of the most commonly used types of documents and activities in EarthAI Notebook.
For example, you can select the EarthAI Python button to launch a notebook and start writing code for a new analysis, select Terminal to open a terminal window for executing shell commands, or click on the Earth OnDemand link to open the Earth OnDemand web browser where you can search and view imagery available within our catalog.
Within the file browser in the left sidebar, you should see a folder called examples, which includes several example notebooks that Astraea has developed to help users get started in the EarthAI platform. You can double-click on folder names to navigate through subdirectories. Double-clicking on a file name will open the document in the main work area, as demonstrated below.
Astraea has developed user manuals for EarthAI Notebook and our open-source project RasterFrames, which provide detailed examples and code snippets for common geospatial data operations and analysis in EarthAI. These manuals can be accessed within EarthAI Notebook from the welcome page, the Launcher, or the Help menu located in the top menu bar, as indicated below.
The Support button in the lower left (see above figure) can be used to submit questions, bugs, or feedback to Astraea's product team.
Links to Additional Resources
We include links to online resources about the technology that supports the platform throughout EarthAI Notebook, for those who would like to learn more. These are not required reading to be able to work in the platform. If you choose to review these resources, please keep in mind that you will not need to install any additional software packages to access Jupyter Notebooks or JupyterLab.