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Data Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Here at the Unidata Program Center, we know that geoscience data is important to you, and we want to do all we can to keep you informed as the efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus continue.

Although we are dedicated to maintaining community access to our data services, the National Science Foundation has not declared the Program Center to be critical infrastructure. Access to our physical location is currently highly restricted. As a result, Unidata will be providing

geoscience data for pickup1 and delivery2 only

at least until social distancing recommendations are eased.

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Mob Cancels Unidata Python Workshop

Mongooses
A mob of mongooses

A Unidata Python training workshop scheduled for Thursday and Friday March 14-15, 2019 at Valparaiso University was unexpectedly cancelled when 63 mongooses escaped from a nearby animal sanctuary and made their way to the university's Kallay-Christopher Hall. By Wednesday, March 13th, the mob of mongooses had burrowed into the building's basement and made their way to Room 210, where the workshop was to be held.

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Metrics, reach, and boosts: Unidata fully embraces Facebook

A MetPy Doggo.
He's a heckin good boy, 'cause he uses MetPy!

The Unidata Program Center is happy to announce that this is our final blog post...because we are moving all communication channels to Facebook! While this may come as a surprise to our dear community members, we’d like to take this time to highlight a few of the positive aspects associated with this move. Heck.

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Unidata to Launch Observational Satellite

GOES-16 image
Satellite images are really cool.

Following on the heels of NOAA's successful launch of the GOES-16 Earth observing satellite in November 2016, Unidata is moving ahead with plans to launch its own orbiter early next year. Unlike GOES-16, which provides a wide variety of observations including rapidly refreshing a full-disk imagery of the Western hemisphere, the first Geostationary Unidata Observing Satellite (GUOS-1) will focus its instruments on observations of the area immediately surrounding the Unidata Program Center in Boulder, Colorado.

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Big Data Get Small

Data Hallway
Unidata's Data Hallway

When Unidata's flagship data facility — the Unidata Data Hallway — had its debut in April 2013, everyone in our community expected big things. “Big Data” was the phrase of the day, and the exponential increase in data volumes seemed likely to portend accompanying increases in the amount of computing infrastructure required to make all of that data available. From co-located server farms to elastically expanding cloud-computing resources, the future of the Data Hallway and similar facilities looked Big Big Big.

Oh, what a difference three years can make.

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