Unidata Science Gateway JupyterHubs are Helping U.S. Naval Academy Faculty Learn Python

US Naval Academy

Faculty members in the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Oceanography Department are embarking upon a new voyage: to learn Python. The USNA Oceanography Department has traditionally used Matlab as the primary tool to analyze and visualize geosciences data. To build on that coding success and align with the efforts of the geosciences community, at the start of the spring 2020 semester, Associate Professor Bradford Barrett and Instructor Alexander Davies organized a “Python Book Club” in which faculty members meet once or twice a month to collaboratively learn Python. Because USNA is a small undergraduate-only institution with resource limitations and complex federal networking restrictions, Barrett (USNA’s UCAR Representative) and Davies (currently serving on the Unidata Users Committee) reached out to Unidata for help.

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Siphon 0.8.0 Released

siphon 0.8.0 has been released with a variety of new features, including a client for downloading National Data Buoy Center text data and support for basic HTTP authentication. For full release notes see the GitHub Release Page.

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Siphon 0.6.1 Released

Siphon 0.6.1 has been released. This includes bug fixes for 0.6.0, including fixing issues accessing development THREDDS servers as well as RAMADDA servers. For full release notes see the GitHub Release Page.

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Siphon 0.6.0 Released

Siphon 0.6.0 has been released. This includes some bug fixes and improvements, including support for access to the University of Wyoming upper air data archive (ported from MetPy). For full release notes see the GitHub Release Page.

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Siphon 0.5.0

Siphon 0.5.0 has been released with API improvements as well as time-based filtering of datasets. Full releases notes are available on the GitHub Release page

Siphon packages are available for Conda on the conda-forge channel, and for pip from the Python Package Index.

Let us know if you run into any problems, either at Siphon's issue tracker, or on the Unidata python-users list.

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