Trip Report: IDV/McIDAS-V Developer Meeting

Developers of Unidata's Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) traveled to the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) in late November to meet with developers of SSEC's Man-computer Interactive Data Access System Fifth Generation (McIDAS-V) package. Discussion during the meeting focused on ways the two teams can collaborate more closely and avoid duplicating development effort.

IDV

Unidata's IDV and SSEC's McIDAS-V share a great deal already. The IDV relies heavily on the VisAD visualization library, a Java component library originally developed at SSEC by Bill Hibbard. The McIDAS-V application, in turn, is largely based on the IDV. Developers of the two applications have a long history of cooperation and code-sharing, but the projects have not been formally linked.

McIDAS-V

The goal of November's meetings was to find ways for the IDV and McIDAS-V development teams to collaborate more effectively. Some of the high-level proposals were:

  • To initiate monthly development teleconferences, to facilitate planning and coordination between the teams
  • To investigate bringing features of SSEC's HYperspectral viewer for Development of Research Applications (HYDRA) package into IDV, either via a plugin or by integrating them into IDV's core
  • To work towards integrating various other features present in either the IDV or McIDAS-V into the combined project.
  • To investigate setting up a collaborative testing environment
  • To form a project management committee with representatives from different groups (the Unidata Program Center, SSEC, and external developers), and to look into using a distributed project management system.
  • To work toward moving the IDV and McIDAS-V source repositories to GitHub.

In keeping with Unidata's move towards an open and collaborative development environment, once the IDV/McIDAS-V source repositories are hosted on a public server, the development team will be inviting participation and contributions from the larger IDV/McIDAS-V community.

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