2015 Users Workshop Explores Python, Cloud Computing, Data Management

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Workshop poster session (click to enlarge)

The 2015 Unidata Users Workshop took place June 22-25 at UCAR's Center Green facility in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop's theme — Data-Driven Geoscience: Applications, Opportunities, Trends, and Challenges — drew participants from across the atmospheric and other geosciences communities. Attendees took part in a series of presentations and hands-on exercises that explored how trends in cloud computing and Python-based workflows affect how scientists interact with and manage ever-growing data volumes.

Eighteen presenters from the Unidata community shared their insights on incorporating new technologies into scientific workflows across the geosciences. Sessions investigated topics ranging from using python tools to access remote datasets and adding cloud computing resources to data-intensive processes to building literacy in scientific computing and preserving data resources and citations. In many cases, presenters encouraged other participants to follow along with hands-on examples and exercises.

Attendees had the opportunity to discuss topics with the presenters in greater depth following the day's presentations. This year's workshop also reprised the popular poster session that has been a highlight of several recent workshops.

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Workshop attendees
Being completely new to the use of cloud computing I loved the opportunity to see how it can be used setting up a cluster and running something like WRF.
Workshop Materials Online

Information about the workshop is available at the workshop web site. Video recordings of workshop presentations are available on the Video Presentations page and on Unidata's YouTube channel. Presentations and other workshop materials, as well as additional photographs from the workshop, are available on the workshop RAMADDA site. Additional materials are available on the workshop GitHub site.

I've known of some of these resources but have never really used them. I fully intend to dedicate time investigating ways to utilize solutions such as OpenDAP!
About the Workshops
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Presenter Mariela Perignon

Unidata Users Workshops are held every three years, bringing members of the Unidata community together to share ideas about teaching and doing science. Past workshops have focused on using operational and experimental observations; using models as educational tools; and using environmental data for research, education, and decision making. The workshops are organized by the Unidata Users committee and Unidata Program Center staff, and are supported by the National Science Foundation.

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