Unidata Update: February 2019

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of February, 2019.

A few upcoming deadlines to be aware of:

8 March Applications for 2019 Community Equipment Awards
8 March Python-focused software workshop at Metro State University of Denver
14-15 March Python-focused software workshop at Valparaiso University
20 March Nominations for the 2019 Russell L. DeSouza Award

Love Data Week

Love Data Week

Love Data Week (LDW) event is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. Participants will share practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices. Love Data Week 2019 took place February 11-15, 2019. (Generally, it takes place the week of Valentine’s Day.)

AWIPS 18.1.1-5

AWIPS

AWIPS 18.1.1-5 is a major update to both CAVE and EDEX, including a security update to the latest httpd/mod_wsgi packages.

Python-Focused Software Training Workshop at Metro State University of Denver

MSU Denver

Metro State University in Denver, Colorado will be hosting a Unidata Regional Software Training Workshop March 8, 2019. Unidata software developers will be leading the one-day Python-focused workshop, which will cover the use of the MetPy and Siphon packages in the context of atmospheric science.

Unidata Program Center Welcomes Howard Van Dam

Howard Van Dam

Howard Van Dam joined the Unidata Program Center (UPC) team on January 14 2019 as a Software Engineer. A Colorado native, he has explored the wonders of the state from the highest mountains to the eastern plains.

GEMPAK 7.5.1

GEMPAK

GOES16 and GOES17 ABI products are distributed in NetCDF4 formatted files, and GEMPAK as of release 7.5.1 can now read and display these products in their native formats (it is no longer needed to convert netCDF to McIDAS area format to display in GEMPAK).

A JupyterHub for the Unidata Community

JupyterHub

The Unidata Program Center is pleased to announce the availability of a JupyterHub server tailored to the needs of the atmospheric science community. Using resources provided by the National Science Foundation's Jetstream cloud-computing platform, Unidata's JupyterHub server is intended to serve as a demonstration of a notebook-based workflow for geoscience activities. After preliminary testing in a variety of situations including workshop and classroom use, Unidata staff are looking to expand beta-testing of the server to the wider community.

Python-Focused Software Training Workshop at Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana will be hosting a Unidata Regional Software Training Workshop March 14-15, 2019. Unidata software developers will be leading the two-day Python-focused workshop, which will cover the use of the MetPy and Siphon packages in the context of atmospheric science.

ESIP: Raskin Scholarship

ESIP

The Raskin Scholarship is open to graduate students, post-docs, and early career (5-years post degree) scientists in the Earth or computer sciences who have an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems.

NetCDF-Java library and TDS version 4.6.13 Released

TDS

The NetCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library and THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 4.6.13 releases were finished on February 12th, 2019.

Unidata is looking for a Software Developer

AWIPS

The Unidata Program Center is hiring! We are looking for a scientific software developer to join our team in creating and maintaining software and data services to support the geosciences. This position will focus on development of and support for the AWIPS package.

NetCDF operators (NCO) version 4.7.9

netCDF

Version 4.7.9 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.

DataONE 2019 Summer Internship Program

DataONE

The DataONE 2019 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 six project opportunities, and four internships will be funded.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series took a look at lambda functions in Python, putting units on plot axes, and a new declarative plotting interface.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met 10-11 September 2018, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting is scheduled for 21-22 March 2019 in Boulder, CO.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 19-20 September 2018 in Boulder, CO. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 16-17 April 2019 in at Pensylvania State University in State College, PA.

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