Status Report: March, 2011

Julien Chastang, Yuan Ho

Strategic Focus Areas

The RAMADDA group's work supports the following Unidata funding proposal focus areas:

  1. Broadening participation and expanding community services
    RAMADDA enables our earth science community partners to distribute geosciences data and metadata through web-based technologies thereby fostering scientific collaborations.
  2. Advancing data services
    RAMADDA provides the geosciences public a mechanism to share and leverage earth science data. This feature is visible through user-end, web-based distribution and consumption of data as well programmatic access via RAMADDA APIs.
  3. Developing and deploying useful tools
    RAMADDA assists in the development and deployment of useful tools by providing applications, such as the IDV, the capability to share and obtain geosciences data in a client/server fashion. Moreover, RAMADDA is a software platform that can be extended and built upon. RAMADDA plugins can provide enhancements to RAMADDA functionality. The RAMADDA IDV plugin, for example, enables web-based visualization of gridded data.
  4. Enhancing user support services
    Unidata's RAMADDA installation enables the IDV team to communicate more effectively to our users concerning their issues. Specifically, during support ticket conversations, the IDV team requests that users upload pertinent data to RAMADDA for analysis. The IDV team also uses RAMADDA to share instructional screencasts with users.
  5. Providing leadership in cyberinfrastructure
    RAMADDA is a web-based content management system specifically tailored for geoscientists. As such, RAMADDA provides the community unique capabilities that are not available elsewhere in the earth science arena.

Activities Since the Last Status Report

RAMADDA's migration to SourceForge

In order to better serve the Unidata community, RAMADDA development has migrated to SourceForge. Involving broader participation by the open source developer community will ensure the future success of RAMADDA. Unidata will continue participating in the RAMADDA project by supporting our user community and contributing to the open source development effort.


During the 2011 AMS conference in Seattle, WA, Unidata demonstrated RAMADDA and the IDV plugin to booth attendees. We also assisted users with the installation and configuration of RAMADDA.

Tom Yoksas's RAMADDA demonstration at the University of Vienna

The RAMADDA team assisted Tom Yoksas with his demonstration of RAMADDA at the University of Vienna. This demonstration is in response to a request by Dr. Vanda Grubisic, current Chair for Theoretical Meteorology at the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics at the University of Vienna, past Unidata policy member, future head of EOL.

Planned Activities

Ongoing Activities

We plan to continue administering RAMADDA, provide community assistance and training, and collaborate with Jeff Mcwhirter, RAMADDA lead developer.

Relevant Metrics

RAMADDA download statistics are available at the RAMADDA SourceForge Site.