Based on comments from members who attended, the Open House
was quite successful.
Over 45 members participated in tours of NCAR's visualization lab, current chemistry
labs and new chemistry building. They also viewed a range of demos of community
tools developed by the UCAR Office of Programs (Unidata, COMET,
COSMIC, DLESE, and NSDL). The poster session included displays
by 25 UCAR programs
that are now available for viewing
plenary session included many responses to Open House Challenge
- Open House. Many members commented that the Open House
gave them a good sense of what is going on at UCAR and suggested
that the information be shared with all community members via
a follow-up meeting website and possibly a visit from a UCAR
staff member. It was also suggested that a CD or DVD explaining
UCAR to faculty and students and presenting collaboration opportunities
- Advocacy. It was noted that this is a tough budget
time for the UCAR community and a request was made for UCAR to
increase advocacy efforts.
For current efforts see the UCAR Office of
Government Affairs website.
There was a suggestion that the UCAR community develop a position
on GEOSS and advocate for it.
- Digital Libraries. Many members commented on the benefits
of the DLESE and NSDL digital libraries and the classroom and
research benefits that members could get from these programs
(Find these libraries on the UOP website.)
These comments included some reports of how these digital libraries were helping
in the hurricane-stricken gulf region. There was also concern expressed about
whether NSF would continue to support these important efforts.
- Visualization. As a result of the Open House, one
member will be using
Integrated Data Viewer in regional
Others talked about the need for less-expensive collaboration
tools—something like the Access Grid, but cheaper.
- Large-scale Computing Tools. Several members would
like to see summer graduate workshops on how to use large-scale
- Modeling Tools. A member asked that UCAR help the
community use various weather models because it is difficult
to download certain models and assimilate the appropriate data
into them. This might be a project for key people in UCAR (Unidata,
SCD, MMM, etc).
- HIAPER. Members would like to see community suggestions
for HIAPER instrumentation and to have UCAR gather together data
assimilation tools for the community.
- Education and Training. It was suggested that the community
needs more training tools on how to use satellite
observations—maybe something like the COMET NESDIS satellite modules or
workshops. There were also comments about community proposals
on instrumentation and computing language training. A comment
was made that the community needs a more systematic path to the
many education products in the community and better survey courses
using these products. There was also a request for faculty stipends
to come to
COMET to develop lecture and curriculum
content that could be shared across the community as well as more COMET lecture-style
webcasts to transfer new science to the universities. It was cited that the recent
UCAR Community Survey had shown that faculty are using COMET
to extend their knowledge.