Guidance for developers

This chapter will give a guidance for advanced users and developers, who want to contribute to the development of GeospaceLAB by maintaining existing code, adding new code, or improving documentation.

Maintainence of existing code

If you find any bugs, redundant code, or other errors in the source code and example code, you can first submit a report to Issues. If you have fixed the bugs or errors in your local repository, you can create a pull request for the changed script.

Contribution of new code

Contributing new code includes submitting a new sourced dataset and adding new functionality for the existing classes and modules.

Submitting new sourced dataset

GeospaceLAB aims to implement automatically downloading, storing, and loading data from pupolar online databases. To achieve this goal, it requires several stragies to build a specialized subclass of SourcedDataset and associated classes and modules such as Loader, Downloader and variable configuration.

For a skillful developer, it is not difficult to refer the classes for the existing sourced datasets in GeospaceLAB. The source code of the existing sourced datasets are arranged in DataHub. In that directory, the listed folders are the main categories of a sourced dataset, indicating the data providers, e.g., madrigal for the Madrigal database. A main catogory can have nested subfolders, indicating the levels of sub-catogories. The suggested levels of the nested folders can be like this:

[database] -> [facility] -> [instrument] -> [data product]

However, it is not neccessary to always organize the nested folders in above way. Some of the levels can be omitted. GeospaceLAB will search all the dataset classes from those folders recursively. The levels are kinds of guidelines for the developer to organize the sourced datasets.

The modules for a specific sourced dataset can be found in a last-level sub-folder. For example, the modules for OMNI dataset are stored here The folder includes four files:,,, and ‘’. The four files are also typically included for other sourced datasets. First, the file includes a SourcedDataset subclass with global settings. Second, the file includes a Loader class for loading the data from the local folder. Third, the file includes a Downloader class for downloading the files from the online database to the local folder. Finally, the file variable_config inlcludes the pre-settings for several key variables included in the dataset. The dataset class in will communicate with other classes to implement the goal mentioned in the beginning. To build a new sourced dataset, please refer to above folders and files. One can use the exisiting classess as a template or build subclasses from them. This can be applied for a proposed dataset that has several similarities with the existing one.

Adding new functionality

If you have been working with GeospaceLAB for a while, you probably have some associated code that can become useful for others. Maybe it is a good idea to contribute it to GeospaceLAB to extend the functionality in some classes or modules. Then you could create a pull request for the new code.

At the current stage, several features are prioritized, including specialized methods in the existing sourced datasets, new dashboards in the module Express, new plotting methods in the module Visualization for 1-D and 2-D data, and subclasses of GeoPanel with new map projections.