Community Services Status Report
October 2004 - May 2005
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" (Endeavor 6).
Note: This report combines the activities of Jo Hansen,
Linda Miller and Jeff Weber.
- Publication of monthly online newsletters has continued. The
newsletter, now dubbed the Unidata CommunitE-letter, has been successful
from all indications. We published a special edition issue for the AGU
(just prior to) and another for the AMS.
- The collection of articles written by seven of the presenters at the
Users 2003 workshop was published in In-Box section of the February 2005
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society VOLUME 86 NUMBER
- Community group members initiated an update to the Unidata web
site's data page. The idea is to streamline, simplify, provide the
necessary information, and making the data section easy to surf.
Seminar Series coordination. Webcasting is being done for most of the
seminars now so they can reach out to the broader community. The presentations
are available shortly after each seminar, along with the archived Webcast.
Seminars during this period were:
- Plans for AWIPS Next Generation
Darien Davis, NOAA/FSL
- The Developmental Testbed Center
Bob Gall, NCAR and Steve Koch, NOAA/FSL
- NetCDF-Java version 2.2 and the Common Data Model
John Caron, Unidata
- Unidata.binaries.data: Have Some Data With Your Coffee?
Anne Wilson, Unidata
Continue to foster internal and external collaborations
- Communicating Science Expo (for internal UCAR/NCAR divisions)
- Education and Outreach for external exposure for using Unidata tools and data
Create compound documents that show the versatility and ease of use of the IDV in educational and research
- this was a topic at the DLESE Data Services Workshop April 18-20
Participating on the UCAR Metrics Committee
- Data Metrics sub-committee - convened by Rick Anthes
Participated in the following meetings:
- NOAA's Stakeholder's
- AMS Annual Meeting
- Serving as IIPS Co-Chair (Miller) -planning underway for
2006 meeting in Atlanta
- Coordinated DeSouza Award Presentation
prior to the Internet Applications, Web Portals and Cyberinfrastructure
- CONDUIT-CRAFT (C2) 11
January 2005 Meeting
- AGU Fall Meeting
- Co-convenor of special focus session, "Cyberinfrastructure for
Earth Systems Science" (session included co-convenors Ben Domenico,
Steve Hankin, Anton Kruger, David Maidment, Phil Sharfstein
Data Access and Distribution:
- TAMDAR (Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Report) data come from a
"turn-key" sensor package (as opposed to the aircraft's own weather
sensors) which has its own communications (ORBCOM).
- 12,000 observations a day during the test period called the "Great Lake Fleet
Experiment" from 64 aircraft.
- TAMDAR sensor suite includes temperature, winds, humidity, icing, and turbulence (eddy dissipation rate (EDR) algorithm) parameters.
- Available in the MADIS aircraft data feed using point-to-point LDM technology, as well as
Web based and FTP access. Other aircraft data (i.e. ACARS, AMDAR) are also
Latest Activity :
Completed organization of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
"Earth Systems Science Data Access, Distribution and Use for Education
and Research," held 25-29 April 2005. Convenor is Elen Cutrim
with co-convenors Mohan Ramamurthy, Stefano Nativi and Linda Miller. Presentations by Mohan Ramamurthy, Tom Yoksas and Linda Miller.