The workshop will loosely follow this schedule.
Overview of Unidata
Overview of Unidata software and services.
Overview of netCDF
NetCDF: its purpose, features, niche, intended users, and some alternatives to consider for storing and accessing scientific data.
The Two NetCDF Data Models
The classic and enhanced netCDF data models can represent many scientific datasets.
Utilities installed by default are ncdump, ncgen, nccopy, and nc-config.
Remote Access to Datasets Through netCDF-3
Introduction to the access of remote datasets using the DAP protocol through the netCDF-3 interface.
Introduction to the NetCDF APIs and Example Programs
A brief introduction to netCDF application programming interfaces and example programs.
Introduction to NetCDF-4
Utilities for NetCDF-4
The ncdump and ncgen utilities have been expanded to handle the netCDF-4 enhanced data model.
NetCDF-Java and THREDDS Data Services
Introduction to NetCDF-Java and THREDDS Data Services (TDS)
Experience-based "best practices" for writing netCDF files.
Overview of the increasingly important CF conventions.
Overview of IDV.
Chunking and Deflating Data with NetCDF-4
NetCDF-4/HDF5 data may be written in chunks for increased performance, and may use on-the-fly compression.
Formats and Performance
Implications of format on performance. Performance tips and pitfalls.
Using Groups and NetCDF-4 Types
Introduction to use of groups and types in netCDF-4.
Using Unidata's udunits package: ODP, PDF.
What NetCDF Developers Should Know About HDF5
An introduction to HDF5 for netCDF developers and data providers.
NetCDF and Python
Using NetCDF Tools
Using netCDF - NCAR Climate Data
NetCDF, NCAR's climate model data, and the IPCCpresented by Gary Strand.
Using NetCDF: The Cooperative Arctic Data and Information
Overview (PPTX, PDF) of effort to convert heterogeneos ASCII files to netCDF as part of the CADIS project.
Use of Iterators for Data Access
A technique developed for the nccopy utility is of more general use to tool developers: use of iterators.
Example of the Importance of the Chunk Cache
A real example of the difference the chunk cache can make.
Update on Remote Access to NetCDF Data
What's new since the last netCDF workshop?
Update on the GRIDSPEC specification and library for representing shared grids.
NetCDF and the OGC
Participating in the NetCDF Community
NetCDF Dispatch Architecture
Recent Changes in the NetCDF Development Process
The Future of netCDF
Short- and long-term plans for netCDF and libcf development, along with speculation about the future of scientific data access.