Climate Symposium in Darmstadt

The CHARMe project has been presented at the Climate Symposium in Darmstadt on 13th – 17th of October 2014. climate_symposium

The CHARMe-Project stand at the Climate Symposium was neighbored by the EUMETSAT Climate Monitoring Satellite Application Facility (CM SAF) and the ESA . The location fitted very well to attract the members of the symposium during the coffee- and lunch breaks throughout the whole week. The CHARMe-projectteam has been represented by Rhona Phipps (UoR), Alan O’Neill (UoR), Phil Harwood (CGI) and Frank Kratzenstein (DWD). With the demo-version of the CHARMe-plugin at hand, a lot of detailed and interesting discussions on the use of  commentary metadata and data models used in climate physics applications were initiated. Among others, questions like “What requirements from a data-provider point of view do we have to meet in order to use the CHARMe Service?” or “How can I run my own CHARMe Node?” or “How will the development of CHARMe be maintained after the projects’ end?” came up during those vivid conversations.

To answer the last question first, the british SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL (STFC) has committed itself to administer and maintain the public CHARMe Node. In addition the CHARMe Node source codes are available under an open source license as do the sources of the javascript based CHARMe-plugin and the GoogleWebToolkit based CHARMe Maps tool. Beside the STFC one of the CHARMe consortium partners is going to run its own “private” CHARMe node and therefore the CHARMe-project will deliver an Installation and an Interface Control Document for the node. And to answer the first question, according to the project guidelines there will be a publicly available deliverable document with the title “Implementation in archives”. This document will address in detail the steps the dataproviders in the CHARMe consortium like  KNMI, DWD, AirBus have undertaken to “CHARMe-enable” their data archives. In addition to this “Best Practice”-document there is an installation guide for the CHARMe plugin. One of the major “soft” targets of the project has been, to make the adaption of CHARMe as easy as possible for dataproviders. Nevertheless, you have to run through the following major steps:

– registering at a CHARMe node and claiming for a CHARMe client id

– downloading, extracting and configuring the javascript CHARMe-plugin

– editing/adjusting the web page(s) to be CHARMe-enabled

– enjoying to annotate your datasets or to get your datasets annotated


One aspect was clear: scientists and dataprovider are looking forward to use CHARMe tools and are keen to see its launching.


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