AQ Cluster Meeting Notes

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July 20, 2006 10:30 -12

  • Introduction: R.Husar
  • Unidata: Mohan
    • Created to provide data to community (30 streams) - 200 universities in subscription service worldwide (U.S., Latin America)
      • Universities primary audience, but not the sole audience. System is open.
      • Also redistribution of data once reaches the university - other applications like public health.
    • Important aspect to this cluster netCDF - HDF IO in 6-9 months
    • Started as meteorological data, but become increasingly more interdisciplinary e.g. hydrology, AQ data, etc
    • Brokers agreements between data providers and use
    • AQ Community also has need for atmospheric datasets so the flow is two ways
    • Unidata is a community of communities (oceanography, GIS, AQ)
  • Husar: Thrilled to have Unidata offer to distribute AQ data. Portal idea: move data from provider to user - centralized approach. Distributed approach, move data as close to user as you can get - surface area approach, putting it in as many places as you can - multiple paths to the same place. RSS - provider publishes whoever subscribes can have it in their home setting, Unidata is an RSS system. Bring individual projects into the cluster?
    • Function of ESIP - at first required to be there and it took a while to set own direction and should be self-motivated.
    • ex. DataFed - We keep pushing certain activities harder than others, will that help or choke cluster activities?
    • Clusters microcosom of federation - group finds internal dynamic that works.
    • frank lindsay:" Could have a "my air quality" portal that is custom configured (alal Google personal page). We need a framework for bringing portlets together. Plenty of users have been identified by agencies. Cluster should focus on identifying users but on getting content to them in right way.
    • other: Need to engage users and incorporate their feedback rather than one-way selling job of data and services. Should not simply collect content - need to provide better ways to use it.
  • Public Health Cluster - Bill Teng
    • January meeting covered the scope of community looking for potential partnerships, (int. society of disease survelliance, pan-american health org, CDC) (January Meeting Highlights)
      • Determine needs of user community - fostering relationship between providers and users and how do we grow the community.
      • What other clusters could we coordinate with? (AQ and Water quality)
      • At end of meeting had an e-mail list, but cluster is still not stable.
    • This meeting - identify specific projects, collaboration with AQ very natural
    • Discussion about data products fitting with user needs
  • Wrap-up Session - Husar
    • Portals - resources galore. Coherent presentation and portals seem ideal medium, helping users lay out
    • Use Case connecting/networking to illustrate and test system
    • Public Health - No reason use case shouldn't include public health with impact in near-realtime.