Project Pythia & Pangeo: Formation of the Infrastructure Working Group

We would like to introduce to the Pangeo community a new project starting with thanks to the NSF’s EarthCube program: “Project Pythia: A Community Learning Resource for Geoscientists” (NSF awards 2026863 & 2026899). Project Pythia is a collaboration between NCAR’s Computation & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL), NCAR’s Climate & Global Dynamics (CGD) Laboratory, Unidata, and the University at Albany, SUNY to develop a cloud-based central resource for learning, teaching, and sharing knowledge on the Python ecosystem for application within the geosciences. More information on the project can be seen here and at the (WIP) project website.

In an effort to conduct our work in the open, we would like to invite everyone who is interested from the Pangeo community to help us shape and navigate this project to the betterment of the entire community. This project will consist of infrastructure development as well as educational material development and testing. The infrastructure component of this project will include the design and deployment of the Pythia Portal, a centralized resource (i.e., website) that the community can come to for examples, self-training material, news and information about what Python packages exist for use in the geosciences, how to use them, and where to go for more information. The Pythia Portal will also leverage what we call the Pythia Platform, a Binder-like functionality to provide interactive environments for exploration, self- and guided-education, and sharing of research workflows. These infrastructure developments will be conducted in the open as part of the Pythia Infrastructure Working Group.

Our first call of business is to determine a schedule for open, public meetings of the Pythia Infrastructure Working Group. If you would like to involved in the Pythia Infrastructure Working Group, and you would like to attend our regular meetings (even if irregularly), please fill out the following survey to indicate what times work best for you and why you have an interest in the project.

Thank you, all! And we hope to see you in our future meetings!

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Based on limited feedback, it looks like the time that works for the most people is Wednesdays at 2PM Mountain (4PM Eastern, 1PM Pacific) and for these meetings to be bi-weekly or monthly. We can discuss frequency after the first meeting, which (with next week being Thanksgiving already) I will schedule for December 2.

I’ll make a separate announcement for this shortly.

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…So, a correction. We are actually going to have our first meeting on December 9, due to an odd conflict in one of the team member’s schedules. From then on, it will be bi-weekly or monthly, depending on how frequently people want to meet.