Unidata Users Committee
Action Items
11-12 March 2004

Resolution 1: The Users Committee recommends to the Policy Committee that the Users Committee continues to meet twice per year, with the option of holding a 3rd Users Committee meeting during summer workshop years.

Resolution 2: (revised and passed unanimously-30 Mar 04): The Users Committee believes that the Unidata community would benefit from enhanced interactions between Unidata and NCAR and encourages the Policy Committee to work with UCAR to create ways, such as an opportunity fund initiative, to improve such interactions. The Users Committee, however, has strong concerns about more dramatic changes, such as a merger of NCAR and UOP..

Action 1: As soon as possible, the UPC will provide a 30 day notice and ultimately delete the radar floater from LDM feed. It will also prepare users for the ultimate removal of the satellite floater. Removal of the satellite floater will be considered at the next Users Committee meeting.

Resolution 3: The Users Committee requests the IDV steering committee to consider case study support (in collaboration with THREDDS) and publication quality output as priority items for IDV development

Action 2: The Users Committee recommends that the UPC evaluate and, if desirable, implement the use of mailing list digests similar to that used for the netCDF mailing list.

Action 3: The Users Committee recommends that the UPC develop a monthly e-magazine (“e-zine”) as a method of educating and informing the Unidata community of new or recent activities and info-items.

Action 4: Mark Laufersweiler will contact Peter Neilley and, if possible, put his Weather program on the Unidata G-Forge site.

Action 5: The Users Committee will perform another round of community outreach to three member universities per committee member. In addition to open discussion concerning Unidata support and activities, committee members are to collect a list of as many Unidata users as possible from each institution (including contact information), solicit information concerning how Unidata can better communicate with end users, and type up summary notes for the UPC.

Action 6: The Users Committee, UPC, & Millersville University will hold a users conference featuring the IDV and use of Unidata technology in the classroom on 6-8 June 2004. An organizing committee has been established to help organize the workshop.

Action 7: Solicitations for the DeSouza Award will be conducted in June, followed by a reminder around Labor Day.

Internal Committee Action : Elen Cutrim will cook for the next Users Committee meeting. Jim Steenburgh will look into free seafood! Get chef’s hat. Linda Miller will provide house. Tom Yoksas will supply beer.

Linda Miller - lmiller@unidata.ucar.edu
External Liaison, Unidata
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
303 497-8646 fax: 303-497-8690