The ESIP Community is made up of scientists and informatics experts from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. They come together at ESIP because they realize that they share common needs and hope that they can find others that can help them address those needs. For example, many ESIP members make observations and process them into datasets and products or run models that "predict" data in the past, present, or future. We all want to share those products with a variety of users and, more importantly, we want to make sure those users can discover, use, and understand those products.
A dialect is a "variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group". In the context of data sharing in ESIP, the ways that different groups document their data and products (i.e. metadata standards) are great examples of dialects. They are varieties of the over-arching language of documentation that are used by particular groups in ESIP and other partners in the global environmental community. The Figure on the right illustrates this idea with a few commonly used dialects.
The Documentation Cluster is in the process of emerging from the CF Cluster that was started by Rob Raskin and focused on the Climate-Forecast Conventions that are commonly used by netCDF and related tools. The CF Conventions are an important metadata dialect used by a number of ESIP members and their partners. At the same time, evolving the CF Cluster into the Documentation Cluster helps us keep in mind that the CF Conventions are only one of many dialects used by different ESIP groups.
While Eskimos (and people that live in Colorado) have many words for what others call snow, and surfers have many words for what others call waves, ESIP members have many words for documentation. The goal of the Documentation Cluster is to improve understanding, utilization and integration of all of the dialects shown in this Figure and others used in the global environmental community. Equally important, we will work in the spaces between these dialects to build understanding from the similarities and differences between them.
The group is co-chaired by Ted Habermann, HDF and Ed Armstrong, JPL and welcomes participation of all ESIP members.
2014 Strategic Plan
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2 EDT.
Agenda link to commons
1) John Kozimor (NOAA) - WMO metadata work
2) Hack-a-thon prep
To join the online portion of the meeting: Go to https://esipfed.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=esipfed&service=1
Meeting Password: 76945213
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493 Attendee access code: 769 452 13
April 2014 Telecom
File:April 2014 Documentation Cluster Telecon.docx
link to commons
March 2014 Telecom
File:March 2014 Documentation Cluster Telecon.docx
link to commons
- (Note: there will no longer be recordings of the webex telecons)
Summer meeting 2012 - Documenting Data in Multiple Dialects
Summary, notes, and recordings
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