Linda Miller, External Liaison
October 2003-March 2004
Work referenced within this report is based on advocacy, community
outreach, and identifying new data sources and distribution trends within the
community, associated with "Endeavor 1: Responding to a broader and more
diverse community" and "Endeavor 2: Comprehensive Support Services,
[Data services, systems, and tools]" from the Unidata 2008 Proposal. There
is overlap of external activities in the areas of "Real-time, self-managing
data flows" (Endeavor 3), Endeavor 4: Software to analyze and visualize
geoscience data", along with "Distributed, organized collections of
digital material" (Endeavor 5), and "Improved data access infrastructure"
- Coordinated Unidata seminars. The seminars are a mix of Unidata staff presentations
and other important activities taking place at UCAR/NCAR and other external
activities important to Unidata.
- Mohan Ramamurthy-Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery (LEAD)
- Yuan Ho and Ethan Davis- OPeNDAP and THREDDS: Access and Discovery
of Distributed Scientific Data-January 2004.
- Attended the American Geophysical Union Meeting in San Francisco, 10-8 December,
- Attended the MeteoForum meeting in Seattle on 11 January 2004.
- Co-Chair of the International Conference of Interactive Information Processing
Systems Symposium, held 12-15 January 2004 at the AMS Annual Meeting, Seattle,
Washington. Thirteen Unidata papers were submitted for oral and poster presentations
for the Annual meeting.
- Co-chaired the Internet Applications, Web Portals and Cyberinfrastructure
session. (arranged for the DeSouza Community Award, prior to the session).
Data Access and Distribution
- Worked with Kelvin Droegemeier and Bob Gall to plan the CONDUIT-CRAFT
(C2) Steering Meeting held on 14 January 2004.
- Coordination of Call for Participation, with NOAA/NWS, for Level II data
distribution. Focal point for the NWS concerning the Level II data distribution
- Call for Participation-December 5, 2003 - This activity
is the final step toward provision of "freely available" Level
II WSR-88D data distribution to the academic community, which will also
serve private industry, government, etc. The process began in November
1997 in the Unidata conference room when several representatives from
various organizations met and agreed that a collaboration among the representatives
was justified to explore the access and distribution of Level II data,
using Unidata's LDM technology. The concept was taken to the Policy Committee
and Users Committee where concurrence was gained. The project became known
as the Collaborative Radar Acquisition Field Test (CRAFT) project, which
successfully demonstrated and tested Level II data distribution using
LDM with Internet2-Abilene. Initially, testing began with six radars and
grew to the current 102 radars, providing Level II data to interested
academic and other stakeholders through the CRAFT project at the University
of Oklahoma-CAPS program. The NWS monitored the progress of CRAFT, initiated
membership of NOAA to Internet2, and adopted LDM software for use in providing
Level II data to NWS, NCEP, NCDC and with Unidata's assistance, through
the call for participation from .edu sites, to all academic sites "free
of charge." An MOA was crafted by the Department of Commerce/NOAA
lawyers for each academic site selected to provide Top Level data distribution
services to academia and not-for-profit cost recovery when distributing
data (non-value added) to private sector customers. The NWS will have
the data distributed to them in the same manner, and they are hoping to
have agreement with the selected sites by March 2004. This project has
highlighted Unidata and the LDM technology which has been the foundation
for accessing, distributing and managing data for the Internet Data Distribution,
and has served many other partners since 1995. This service will offer
data for research and education to all academic instiutions. Unidata hopes
that it will help to faciliate use of the Integrated
Data Viewer. (IDV).
- Case Studies and DODS
- Due to lack of funding, new case studies have not been available during
this status reporting period, however interest remains high in obtaining
case study data.
- Jeff Weber and Yuan Ho will report on the case study status.
- Ethan Davis and Yuan Ho will report on DODS-OPeNDAP status.
- Invited to participate in the President’s Council Retreat, which included
37 UCAR/NCAR staff, in a one-day Retreat to discuss organizational issues.
- Co-chaired a session in"The Future of Regional Real-Time Numerical
Weather Prediction" at the USWRP workshop, December 13, 2003 in Boulder,
entitled, “Problems with Accessing Gridded Data.”
- Attended the MeteoForum meeting on 11 January 2004. (See Tom Yoksas' MeteoForum
- Participated in the National Weather Service Family of Services/NOAAPort
meeting and the NOAA Partners' meeting in Seattle.
- Coordinated with staff concerning the first Unidata orientation for new
Users Committee representatives.
External Liaison, Unidata
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research