Unidata Update: February 2016

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

MetPy 0.3 Released

MetPy

MetPy version 0.3.0 has been released. Highlights of the 0.3 release include:

  • station plots
  • hodographs
  • reading GINI files

Unidata Joins the Open Commons Consortium

OCC

The Unidata Program has become an offical member of the Open Commons Consortium (OCC).

The OCC, formerly known as the Open Cloud Consortium, is a not-for-profit organization that manages and operates cloud computing and data commons infrastructure to support scientific, medical, health care and environmental research. OCC members span the globe and include over 30 universities, companies, government agencies, and national laboratories.

DataONE 2016 Summer Internship Program

DataOne

The DataONE 2016 Summer Internship program is now open for applications by undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their masters or doctorate within the past five years. There are five projects and up to four will be funded.

NetCDF-Java library and TDS version 4.6.4 Released

TDS

The NetCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.4 were released on February 12th, 2016. The development team recommends this upgrade for anyone using the CDM or TDS.

CloudStream — An Application Streaming Docker Framework

CloudStream

In November of 2015, Unidata released CloudIDV, a cloud-optimized version of the IDV. Since then, our community has expressed interest in the underlying application-streaming technology. In the words of one developer, "We all have legacy software that we'd like to support on new devices." Motivated by this observation, we have released CloudStream. CloudStream allows a developer or scientist to easily package software and/or a custom linux environment in such a way that it becomes ready for use in the cloud. Thanks to Docker, building software for use with CloudStream is no more difficult than configuring and building software in any standard Linux environment.

NetCDF operators (NCO) version 4.5.5

NCO

Version 4.5.5 of the netCDF Operators (NCO) has been released. NCO is an Open Source package that consists of a dozen standalone, command-line programs that take netCDF files as input, then operate (e.g., derive new data, average, print, hyperslab, manipulate metadata) and output the results to screen or files in text, binary, or netCDF formats.

National Water Center Innovators Program: 2016 Summer Institute

CUASHI/NWC

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is soliciting applications from students who wish to participate in the 2016 National Water Center (NWC) Summer Institute under the auspices of the NWC's Innovator's Program. The Summer Institute will take place at the University of Alabama and NOAA's National Water Center from June 6 - July 20, 2016. The Summer Institute will be led by faculty theme leads and daily oversight will be provided by post-doctoral fellow course coordinators. Following the Summer Institute, students will be selected and invited to attend the CUAHSI Biennial Meeting July 25-27, 2016 to present their work during a special session.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. Most recently, developer Ryan May begins a series of posts discussing the use of Python for weather analysis and to create graphics for a variety of purposes.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met 30 September - 2 October, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 11-12 April, 2016 in Boulder, CO.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 30 September - 2 October, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 7-8 April, 2016 at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

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