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Importing layers using DataSync
The DataSync application was developed to streamline the connection between GeoAgro 360 and multiple data sources, simplifying the process of importing and exporting layers to and from the platform while ensuring data consistency to avoid information loss, duplicate uploads, etc.
You can access it from the app switcher located at the top right corner of the screen:
How to import layers using DataSync?
To start the import process, select Menu Import > “Import Layer +” button and choose the layer type.
The process is guided by a step-by-step wizard that organizes the experience and minimizes the margin of error for successful imports. These steps may vary depending on the type of layer being imported. Let’s take an example of Work/ Yield layers:
- Source: Select the data source to import. It can be a local file (saved on the computer as compressed .shp or geojson) or through the connection with a linked platform, such as John Deere’s Operations Center. In the latter case, it will be necessary to authenticate as a user and assign the corresponding permissions to connect both applications. This authorization is only required the first time and will remain valid until the user revokes it.
- Data: In this step, define the path to the data to import.
– If the source is a local file, a browser is opened to search for it in the computer folders.
– If the source is a connected platform, it is necessary to specify its location. For example, in John Deere’s Operations Center, you define Organization, Customer, and Farm.
Then, DataSync will display a table with the available layers in the source, and the user must select (check) the ones they want to import. Up to 10 layers can be imported in the same process.
- Match attributes: This step is crucial to avoid losing information and ensure that the imported layer is complete and suitable for analysis in 360. The user must associate the data from the source layer (left column “Your data”) with the information structure of that layer type in the 360 platform (right column “GeoAgro Data”).
In many cases, the system recognizes both structures and automatically matches the most important data.
- Match metadata: It is similar to the previous step but with metadata, which is common to all objects and layers to be imported. For example, if you are importing applications or yields mapped by the same machine, an important field in the metadata can be the platform width.
- Destination: Indicate the Workspace, Crop Season, and Farm in 360 where you want to import the data.
– If the layer to import is of the “Fields” type, you can select any destination and even create a new Farm at the time of import.
– If the layer to import is of “Work” or “Yield” type, it is essential that the corresponding fields already exist in GeoAgro 360.
- Metadata: In this step, the data is displayed for the layer(s) to be imported, which overlaps geographically with the fields in 360. DataSync provides the option to add more information to the metadata of each layer, with data that is valuable for the subsequent authorship and traceability of the work, such as machine, operator, scale yield, etc.
For this type of layer (Work and Yield), the system also offers the option to “Perform statistical cleaning” on the map, where outliers are removed and the standard deviation is adjusted. In most cases, more reliable information is obtained.
- Confirm: The final step is to review and confirm the import.
If it is a Field layer, it is possible to preview the polygons at this stage before importing them, to visually select the objects of interest, edit attributes, etc.
Once the verification is completed, press “Confirm.”
– If the layer is of the “Fields” type, the user is redirected directly to 360.
– If the layer(s) are of another type, the process may take a few minutes. For this reason, the system sends a notification by email when the import is complete.
IMPORTANT: For John Deere Users
If you have your maps in John Deere’s Operations Center, you can refer to the following articles to learn how to import them to 360 using DataSync.