Unidata Update: April 2016

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of April, 2016.

NetCDF-Java library and TDS version 4.6.5 Released

TDS

The NetCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.5 were released on April 5th, 2016. This is a bug fix release, and as such, the development team recommends this upgrade to anyone using the CDM or TDS.

Unidata and Python at the 2016 SEA Conference

SEA conference

The 2016 UCAR Software Engineering Assembly (SEA) Software Engineering Conference and Tutorials took place April 4-8, 2016 at UCAR's facility in Boulder, Colorado, with a focus on “Data Science for scientific disciplines.” Unidata staff were on hand, and on the final day, held a python tutorial titled “Visualizing meteorological data with Python: Use cases with Siphon and MetPy.” Over 40 people participated in the tutorial.

Unidata at the EGU General Assembly

EGU

Several members of the Unidata Program Center staff attended the 2016 European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. The meeting took place 17-22 April 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

Unidata Committee Nominations Open

Committees

The Unidata Program Center is seeking new people to serve on Unidata's Strategic Advisory and Users Committees. This is your chance to make a difference on behalf of the Unidata community!

We are looking for creative people at U.S. universities and colleges who are using Unidata products and services — or who are familiar with Unidata — to help guide the program in addressing the needs of our broadening community. We need the insights of active educators and researchers to spot new opportunities and take advantage of the expanding range of scientific data. Nominations are open until June 1, 2016 for committee terms beginning with the fall 2016 committee meetings.

Python AWIPS Data Access Framework

Python DAF

Unidata is pleased to announce the availability of the Python Data Access Framework (DAF). The DAF provides access to an AWIPS II Environmental Data EXchange (EDEX) server directly from Python code. Created by Unidata Program Center software engineer Michael James, the DAF strengthens Unidata's AWIPS II offerings by making it easier to retrieve data from the AWIPS II data storage system from outside the Common AWIPS Visualization Environment (CAVE).

Unidata is looking for a Systems Administrator

Jobs

The Unidata Program Center is hiring! We are looking for a system administrator to join our team in creating and maintaining software and data services to support the geosciences.

2016 National Data Integrity Conference

NDIC

The National Data Integrity Conference is a gathering of people sharing new challenges and solutions regarding research data and integrity. The conference aims to provide attendees with both an understanding of data integrity issues and impart practical tools and skills to deal with them. Topics addressed will include data privacy, openness, policy, education and the impacts of sharing data, how to do it, when to do it, and when not to.

2016 Software Training Workshop Coming in October

Training

Registration is now open for Unidata's 2016 Software Training Workshop. The workshop features an exploration of Python in the context of Unidata technologies, courses on Unidata's display and analysis packages IDV and AWIPS-II (with GEMPAK), as well as courses on data access and management tools including the Local Data Manager (LDM) and the THREDDS Data Server (TDS).

The workshop will be held October 17 – November 1, 2016. Individual courses last from one to three days.

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 talks about using the Python AWIPS Data Access Framework to query grid parameters and levels in an EDEX data server.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met 11-12 April 2016, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 26-27 September 2016 in Boulder, CO.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 7-8 April, 2016 at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 6-7 October 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.

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