Unidata Update: April 2020

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of April, 2020.

UCAR continues to follow social distancing guidelines, and Unidata Program Center staff are continuing to work from home at this time. We're all still available by e-mail and other electronic means to help with your data and software needs. Please don't hesitate to write to us if there is something we can do to help keep your science up and running.

Upcoming deadlines to be aware of:

19 June Nominations for positions on Unidata's governing committees are due.

Highlights from last month:

NetCDF 4.7.4

netCDF

Version 4.7.4 of the netCDF-C library was made available March 27, 2020. This release includes a number of enhancements.

Unidata is looking for a Software Developer

THREDDS

The Unidata Program Center is hiring! We are looking for a software developer to help us help our community of scientists access the Earth system science data that fuels their research. You'll focus on developing Unidata software projects including netCDF-Java, the THREDDS Data Server, Rosetta, Siphon, and other Java- and Python-based client and web technologies.

MetPy 0.12.1 Released

MetPy

MetPy 0.12.1 has been released with fixes for several bugs in 0.12.0, most importantly compatibility with XArray v0.15.1.

Bringing Back the NIU Weather Server

Northern Illinois University

In the spring of 2019, Northern Illinois University (NIU) applied for and received a Unidata Community Equipment Award grant for a project titled “Bringing back weather.niu.edu: A multifaced server at Northern Illinois University.” The NIU Meteorology department (now Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences) has been involved in the dissemination of meteorological data since the late 1990s.

NetCDF-Java library version 5.3.2 Released

NetCDF-Java

Netcdf-Java version 5.3.2 is now available, and includes several bug fixes, 3rd party dependency updates, and more steps towards the creation of a public API, as well as new capability for reading CDM datasets stored in any AWS S3 API compatible object store.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. In April, developer Sean Arms took a look at what's in store for the NetCDF-Java library. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series looks at working with queues, multiprocessing, and sizing figures for publication.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met 2-3 April 2020 in a virtual meeting. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The date of the next meeting is To Be Determined.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 20-21 April 2020 in a virtual meeting. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The date of the next meeting is To Be Determined.

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