Sources have been designed as a possible way to inject data in the dataflow from diverse sources: CSV files, databases, sensors...

At the moment, only file-based Sources are available in OpenMOLE. If you need to interface OpenMOLE with an external datasource, check the contact information page to see how to reach the OpenMOLE development team.

Plug a source

Sources are plugged in the data flow in a similar fashion to hooks. Let's consider this simple workflow:
val files = Val[Array[File]]
val result = Val[Double]

val hello =
  ScalaTask("val result = computeFromFiles(files)") set (
    inputs += files,
    outputs += result

val s = ListFilesSource(workDirectory / "directory", files)

(hello source s)

The source s is plugged at the beginning of the task hello. The source is executed prior to each execution of hello. You can also plug multiple sources on the same task using the syntax: hello source (s1, s2, s3).

List files in a directory

This source lists directories and injects an array of File objects into the dataflow. See how the range of files selected can be filtered using a regular expression as a last parameter to the source builder.
val someVariable = Val[String]
val txtFiles = Val[Array[File]]
val files = Val[Array[File]]

val s1 = ListFilesSource(workDirectory / "directory", files)

val s2 =
  ListFilesSource(workDirectory / "/${someVariable}/", txtFiles, ".*\\.txt") set (
    inputs += someVariable

List directories in a directory

Likewise, you can inject an array of directories in the dataflow. Directories are also represented as File objects. Again, the selection can be done either by passing a complete directory name, or a glob pattern that will be matched against the names of the directories found.
val someVariable = Val[String]
val dirs = Val[Array[File]]
val aaaDirs = Val[Array[File]]

// will fill dirs with all the subdirectories of "directory"
val s1 = ListDirectoriesSource(workDirectory / "directory", dirs)

val s2 =
  // will fill aaaDirs with all the subdirectories of "directory" starting with aaa
  ListDirectoriesSource(workDirectory / "${someVariable}", aaaDirs, "^aaa.*") set (
    inputs += someVariable

Sources store each entry found in an Array. In most cases, you will want each of the entries to feed a different task. Let's now see how this can be done by reusing what we've discovered with samplings.

A complete example: exploring directories in a workflow

Here, we are collecting all the directories which named "care_archive". See how they are gathered in an Array[File] container and can be explored by an ExplorationTask using the keyword in. This exploration generates one analysisTask per directory collected by the source.
val directoriesToAnalyze  = Val[Array[File]]

val s = ListDirectoriesSource(workDirectory / "data/care_DoE", directoriesToAnalyze, "care_archive")

val inDir = Val[File]
val myWorkDirectory = "care_archive"

val analysisTask =
SystemExecTask(s"${myWorkDirectory}/") set (
  inputFiles    += (inDir, myWorkDirectory)

val exploration = ExplorationTask(inDir in directoriesToAnalyze)

(exploration source s) -< analysisTask