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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "ClimateProposal" by ChrisMattmann
Date Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:08:25 GMT
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http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ClimateProposal?action=diff&rev1=21&rev2=22

  Apache Open Climate Workbench will support all of these communities above, with an eye towards
being a general purpose climate evaluation toolkit for model output and remote sensing data.
  
  === Core Developers ===
- The initial set of developers comes from various NASA centers (JPL, and Goddard Space Flight
Center), NASA HQ, various  Universities participating in CORDEX (Cape Town, University of
New South Wales), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, the Free Univ. Berlin), the
University of California Los Angeles, and Howard University.
+ The initial set of developers comes from various NASA centers (JPL, and Goddard Space Flight
Center), NASA HQ, various  Universities participating in CORDEX (Cape Town, University of
New South Wales), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, the Free Univ. Berlin), the
University of California Los Angeles, and Howard University. As mentioned previously several
of our developers are Apache veterans and understand how it works around here and for those
that don't, they will have great mentorship.
  
  === Alignment ===
+ Our proposed effort aligns with the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the CORDEX effort,
other efforts, including the Earth System Grid Federation, other climate software including
the Open Climate GIS toolkit, other science portals for climate including the Climate Information
Portal (CIP) at the University of Cape Town, and other related projects. 
+ 
+ There are also a number of related Apache projects and dependencies, that will be mentioned
in the Relationships with Other Apache products section.
- CLIMATE aligns with:
-   U.S. National Climate Assessment
-   CORDEX Projects
-   Other efforts, including the Earth System Grid Federation
-   UCT CIP portal
-   others...
  
  == Known Risks ==
  === Orphaned products ===
+ Our project has a history of funding support from JPL, NASA (Applications program/ARRA,
NCA, AIST), NSF (ExArch project), international investment from collaborators, and from other
funding sources. The funding sources are all target future deliverables and activities, so
there is little chance this software and community will be orphaned.
- CLIMATE effort:
-   CDX internal JPL funding 2009-2011
-   RCMES current NASA AIST funding and CMAC funding
-   RCMES funding from the U.S. National Climate Assessment and from the National Science
Foundation (NSF)
-   more...
  
  === Inexperience with Open Source ===
- All the initial developers have worked on open source before -- build this up.
+ All the initial developers have worked on open source before -- 30% of the proposed initial
community are experience with the ASF, and are PMC members and committers on ASF project including
5 ASF members. Our mentors are all ASF members, and we welcome any interest from additional
Apache mentors in the effort. Those 70% of our project that aren't Apache committers, PMC
members, or members will benefit from the leadership of the other 30% of the project.
  
  === Homogenous Developers ===
- The initial developers come from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of needs for
the proposed framework.
+ The initial developers come from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of needs for
the proposed framework. Everyone is used to communicating on mailing lists as the project
spans timezones, international institutions and centers of excellence for climate science.

  
  === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
  All of the proposed initial developers are paid to work on this or related projects, but
the proposed project is not the primary task for anyone.
  
  === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
+ As mentioned above, RCMES and the Apache Open Climate Workbench already depend on Apache
OODT for facade interfaces to underlying data warehouses for storing remote sensing data;
and for metadata extraction and transformation. The software also uses Apache Tika for this
(through a transitive dependency from OODT). In addition, we have hooks to Apache Hadoop/HIVE,
as well as dependencies on Apache Sqoop for dumping out remote sensing data from MySQL and
into HIVE. 
- OODT
- Hadoop/HIVE
- JAX-RS
- Tika
- Sqoop
- others
  
  === A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
- All of us are familiar with Apache and have a respect for its brand and community. Talk
more about this.
+ All of us are familiar with Apache and have a respect for its brand and community. Chris
Mattmann is a big proponent of Apache's sustainability factor -- and it's ability to grow
software communities, in an institution, or funding source neutral manner. All of the community
have an extreme respect for Apache, including those in our communities who aren't necessarily
trained computer scientists, but are Scientists (big "S", e.g., land, physical, Earth/Climate
scientists). 
  
  == Documentation ==
+ The initial RCMES code base will come from the internal JPL Subversion repository. The [[Regional
Climate Model Evaluation System (RCMES) project|http://rcmes.jpl.nasa.gov]] at [[JPL|http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/]]
has documentation on the existing software, including links to funding support, communities,
and other projects. We will continue to maintain that site at JPL, which is part of the reason
for rebranding the project here at Apache with a new name to not interfere with the existing
RCMES one that has a following. In addition, we hope to evolve RCMES@JPL to have increasing
levels of dependency on Apache Open Climate Workbench, so that we can incrementally transition
with little impact to existing customers.
- Link to RCMES and CDX sites.
- Link to OODT stuff.
  
+ In addition, JPL's [[Climate Data eXchange (CDX)|http://cdx.jpl.nasa.gov]] website also
has documentation on the existing software.
- 
- Standards and conventions related to CLIMATE include: TBD
- 
  
  == Initial Source ==
- CLIMATE will start with seed code donated by NASA JPL via Mattmann and the rest of the initial
committers, which consists of the Regional Climate Model Evaluation System (RCMES) toolkit,
and the Climate Data eXchange (CDX) software.
+ The project will start with seed code donated by NASA JPL via Mattmann and the rest of the
initial committers, which consists of the Regional Climate Model Evaluation System (RCMES)
toolkit, and the Climate Data eXchange (CDX) software. This will include the core Python API
for RCMET, the RCMED OODT catalog project (which stores remote sensing data to MySQL/PostGIS,
and HIVE), and the RCMED extractors for various climate formats. The source will also include
Easy-RCMET, the Python Buildout for RCMET. In addition, we will bring along the CDX toolkit,
which includes a CDX client package that performs subsetting, access, regridding of climate
data; and also includes a Python Buildout installer of its own called Uber CDX.
  
  == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
- All seed code and other contributions will be handled through the normal Apache contribution
process. Mattmann has been authorized by NASA JPL to lead the contribution of RCMES and CDX
into the Incubator via his existing Apache CLA.
+ All seed code and other contributions will be handled through the normal Apache contribution
process. Mattmann has been authorized by NASA JPL to lead the contribution of RCMES and CDX
into the Incubator via his existing Apache CLA, and a Software Grant to be provided.
  
  We will also contact other related efforts for possible cooperation and contributions.
  

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