Unidata's annual Software Training Workshops at the Unidata Program Center in Boulder, Colorado provide training and guidance on the use of Unidata software packages. While the workshops are designed primarily to benefit the academic community, representatives from government agencies and commercial entities are also invited to participate. This year's workshop ran from October 17-28, and saw strong attendance from all three groups.
Workshop sessions provide training on software packages created or supported by Unidata, and provide background information and context to help attendees make more effective use of the software in their own scientific workflows. A session covering the Local Data Manager (LDM) got workshop attendees up and running with Unidata's push-oriented data management offering. The National Weather Service's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), which Unidata makes available to the academic community, was the focus of a three-day workshop. And Unidata's efforts to bring Python-based workflows to the atmospheric sciences attracted a full training room again this year.
Materials used in the workshop sessions are available online:
The 2016 Training Workshop attracted 33 participants over the two-week series of sessions. Universities from across the United States were represented, along with commercial organizations and government agencies or their affiliates. For more information on Unidata software training, please visit the Software Training page.
What Kind of Training Would Serve You Best?
While the Python, AWIPS, and LDM sessions this year were well attended, enthusiasm for other proposed sessions was more muted. In recent years we have heard from community members that it is more and more difficult to attend training workshops held at the Program Center in Boulder. As a result, we are asking for your input on the sorts of software training that would be most useful, in the hope of maximizing the benefits for our academic members while continuing to serve the larger community.
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