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Community Data Portal (CDP)


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The Community Data Portal (CDP) is targeted directly at elevating our collective ability to function as a data provider with an effective and coherent web-based presence, and will facilitate distributed data discovery, access, browsing, analysis, and visualization.

Project Status

In its current early development stage, CDP encompasses a set of prototype applications for the access, visualization and analysis of scientifically interesting datasets. Different technologies are being used and evaluated for performance, reliability, ease of mantainance and upgradability. User feedback is being considered for further development of CDP into a state-of-the-art production environment.

Prototypes & Development Sites

  • CDP Prototype Interface
  • Live Access Server
    • ARCAS - ACACIA Regional Climate Data Access System - DODS
    • DSS Reanalysis II
    • VEMAP - The Vegetation/Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project - DODS
    • TIME-GCM - Thermosphere/Ionosphere/Mesosphere Electrodynamic General Circulation Model - DODS
    • CCSM II - DODS | raw files
    • COLA - Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, GrADS middleware for analysis of retrospective data
  • E-Viewers - Web-based Climate Model Analysis and Comparison
  • C-DAS - Carbon Data-Model Assimilation Summer Institute
  • NOMADS - NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System

Future Direction

In the near future, we are planning on deploying a prototype catalog encompassing some of the most interesting datasets stored at different locations throughout NCAR. The catalog will provide hierarchical browsing of the data holdings, data access, and viewing of associated metadata. Later, search and discovery capabilities will be added.

We are exploring the possible deployment of web services as a community resource on CDP. Prototype web services useful to the scientific and user community could include the automatic generation of metadata for a dataset according to different schemas, and the remote query of climate and atmospheric model information such as photolysis rate or species concentration at a certain location and time.


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