Frequently asked questions
  • What is the easiest way to get Clowder up and running on my machine/cluster?
    • Docker compose can be used for most instance, both for production as well as for developers to test the software on their machines. Please see the README for instructions to get started.
  • The GitHub repository doesn’t seem very active?
  • What is the easiest way to develop a new information extractor?
    • The Simple Python Extractor is the simplest way to create a new extractor. It works for cases where you want to extract structured metadata or a preview from a single file. For more complex examples you can try creating an extractor using the more involved pyClowder extractor. For advanced users, extractors can be written in any language, the only requirements are a RabbitMQ driver and the ability to call HTTP endpoints and parse JSON.
  • What is the easiest way to get more information and ask questions? We hold office hours on Slack every Thursday 9am CST. Please join us on and say hi in #general. Specific questions can be asked in the #developers, #extractors and #deployments channels.