Unidata Community

Unidata Community

Unidata Unidata is a diverse community of education and research institutions vested in the common goal of sharing data, tools to access the data, and software to analyze and visualize the data.
Unidata is Community Driven

How to Participate

Participate Participation in the Unidata Community allows users to access data and Unidata software to explore earth-system phenomena as well as make benefical connections through a variety of interactions.

Use Unidata Software

Participation in the Unidata Community is as easy as using our software! Utilizing Unidata software packages enables users to engage in earth-system education and research.

  • RegisterRegister with our web site to access to software packages like the IDV and netCDF decoders.
  • Download To get started, visit our web site and download the software packages of interest.
  • Participation Policy Read our Participation Policy to find out if you qualify for software/data access & support.
Interact With the Community

Participation in the Unidata Community provides users with resources to help in troubleshooting, as well as make benefical connections through a variety of interactions.

  • Mailing ListsMailing lists enable Unidata users to glean community knowledge and support.
  • Workshops Attend one of our workshops and meet others members of the Unidata Community.
  • Unidata Seminars Tune into our Seminars Series to find out what is taking place within the Unidata Community.

News from the Unidata Program Center

Unidata There's a lot going on at the Unidata Program Center in Boulder, Colorado. Here's how you can stay up to date with events, program announcements, software releases, and other information.


You can find the latest news and updates from the Unidata Program Center in the News@Unidata blog.

News from the Unidata Developers

Read scintillating commentary on diverse subjects from the Unidata software development team in the Developer's blog.

Social Media

Visit Unidata's Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

News Archives

Looking for something older? Try the archives.

Governing Committees

ParticipateUnidata is governed by its community. Our governing committees serve as a vital conduit for information on the needs and requirements of community members, help build consensus on future directions for the Unidata Program, and establish standards of involvement for the community.

To nominate yourself or a colleague for membership on one of Unidata's governing committees, use our nomination form.

Users Committee

community The Unidata Users Committee, composed of university representatives appointed by the Strategic Advisory Committee chair, is the primary mechanism for gaining feedback on the effectiveness of the Unidata Program. Appointments reflect the range of large and small colleges and universities with undergraduate and graduate emphases where Unidata systems are in use.

The committee is charged with three tasks:

  • Determining the attitudes of the user community toward the Unidata program;
  • Soliciting suggestions for additions to the data streams and software products; and
  • Facilitating the exchange of ideas among users on the Unidata Program and its systems.

The Users Committee meets a minimum of twice yearly and reports to the Policy Committee; its members are appointed for three years.

Learn about the Unidata Users Committee
Strategic Advisory Committee

Unidata The Unidata Strategic Advisory Committee provides a “Big Picture” perspective, helping the Unidata Program better understand data and technology trends within the university geoscience community. This high-level, long-term perspective is crucial to Unidata‚Äôs ability to successfully anticipate community needs and provide proactive solutions and cyberinfrastructure leadership.

The eight voting members of the committee are drawn from academia, balancing the membership to represent a range of colleges and universities and to reflect the concerns of both instructors and researchers. The committee also includes representatives from NASA, NOAA, and NSF, as well as from UCAR and NCAR, who are important sources of information and advice about events and conditions that can profoundly affect the program.

The Strategic Advisory Committee meets twice a year, and its members serve three-year terms. The committee's official charge is to make recommendations to the director of Unidata on policies, activities, and objectives. The committee's most important responsibility is to ensure that the needs of the university community are met and that Unidata is responsive to those needs.

Learn about the Unidata Strategic Advisory Committee
Steering Committees

Unidata occasionally convenes steering committees to provide ongoing advice and guidance on specific projects.

Publications & Resources

Unidata advancements and technologies have been the subject of many publications since the Program's inception.

Social Media

Social Media Follow Unidata on Twitter and Facebook to keep current on announcements and software releases.