In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of April, 2017.
Deadlines to be aware of:
- Registration for a Unidata Regional Workshop at the University of Wisconsin, Madison is open until 26 May 2017.
- Nominations for the post of Unidata Users Committee Graduate Student representative will be accepted until 31 May 2017.
- Standard-price registrations for the EarthCube All Hands Meeting is open until 31 May 2017.
The National Science Foundation EarthCube initiative is a community-driven project aimed at creating an integrated environment for the sharing of geoscience data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner. All members of the geoscience community are invited to participate in the 2017 EarthCube All Hands Meeting (AHM), to be held June 7-9, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
Standard price registration is open through 31 May 2017. (Late/Onsite registration fees increase by $50.)
Siphon 0.4.1 has been released with fixes for some minor issues in 0.4.0, including various fixes for catalog parsing, as well as updated documentation.
MetPy 0.5.0 has been released. This release has a wide collection of new features as well as minor bug fixes, including several contributions from our community. For full release notes see the GitHub Release Page. If you're using MetPy for publications, we also now have citation information.
The NetCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.10 releases were finished on April 19th, 2017.
MetPy 0.5.1 has been released, addressing some issues in 0.5.0. For full release notes see the GitHub Release Page.
The University of Wisconsin, Madison will be hosting a three-day Unidata Regional Software Training Workshop June 5-7, 2017, with an optional hackathon following on June 8. Unidata software developers will be leading the Python-focused workshop, which will cover the use of the MetPy and Siphon packages in the context of atmospheric science and introduce the National Weather Service's Common AWIPS Visualization Environment (CAVE) along with Python tools for working with AWIPS data services. Attendance is explicitly not limited to University of Wisconsin students and staff; we encourage those within easy travel distance to consider attending.
Registration for the workshop closes on 26 May 2017.
Version 4.6.6 of the netCDF Operators (NCO) has been released. NCO is an Open Source package that consists of a dozen standalone, command-line programs that take netCDF files as input, then operate (e.g., derive new data, average, print, hyperslab, manipulate metadata) and output the results to screen or files in text, binary, or netCDF formats.
On the Developer's Blog
Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. Most recently, developer Michael James writes about plotting AWIPS map resources with Python.
Governing Committee News
Unidata's Users Committee met 19-20 April 2017, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The next meeting is scheduled for 16-17 October 2017 in Boulder, CO.
Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 13-14 April 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The next meeting will be held 17-18 October 2017 in Boulder, CO.