The IDV Steering Committee held another teleconference on February 22nd, 2006. Participants were: Rich Signell, Mark Laufersweiler, Mark Seefeldt, Mike Voss, Steve Aulenbach, Bill Fingerhut, Tom Whittaker, Don Murray and Jeff McWhirter.
Rich kindly offered the use of his WebEx server so that Don and Jeff could demonstrate new features in IDV version 1.3b2(1). Everyone agreed that this "desktop sharing" application was extremely useful for this purpose and that we should explore using it more. Participants were using Windows, Linux and MacOS.
A suggestion was made that the UPC should investigate hosting a WebEx server or similar cross-platform, desktop-sharing environment on its web site. (Note: from previous discussions about using such a facility for collaborations for training and support, I also encourage this.)
To begin with, Don and Jeff demonstrated and discussed three new feature areas:
Work the last few months has concentrated on these three items in preparation for the T-Rex experiment participation.
The ISL (IDV Scripting Language) was also discussed and some issues clarified. Jeff raised the question of whether it would be better to use Jython for this, but the group seemed to think that a small, well-defined "language" based in an XML framework would be easier.
An issue with the Linux installer was discussed. (Subsequently, Don made a new release with a corrected version of the Java runtime.)
Geographic subsetting of grids in the properties was also reviewed as a way to allow for large amounts of gridded data to be used. This was viewed quite favorably by the committee. A suggestion was made to allow the user to type in the lat/lon bounds as well as using the rubberband box.
After realizing several of the topics discussed would and could benefit the community, the Committee decided it would be a good idea to set up a forum for the community that could be a place to post and search for "articles" containing solutions to problems and/or ideas.
The committee would like Unidata to investigate setting up forums on the Unidata web site--definitely for the IDV users but perhaps for other groups as well.
A review of the priorities list from last year was done. Don and Jeff explained progress in each of the areas where applicable.
To discover each member's high-priority items, we polled the committee:
Mark S: Most of the T-Rex work has benefited him
The telecon lasted for nearly two hours, but everyone seemed quite enthusiastic about the progress the developers have made and the evolution up until now.