Montréal Release

David Huard
Apr 5, 2018 · 3 min read
Montréal in winter. Credit: Idej Elixe

We have a new release of the Birdhouse components called Montréal. See the release notes.

Birdhouse/WPS Workshop at Montréal, Canada

In February 2018 we had a joint workshop with people from Ouranos / CRIM and DKRZ / GIZ at CRIM in Montréal.

Ouranos and CRIM have developed the PAVICS platform for climate analysis and visualisation. PAVICS provides processing capabilities as Web Processing Services and uses some components and the deployment setup from birdhouse. An online demo is available.

The workshop was a combination of talks and a coding-sprint. We figured out which developments of PAVICS could be integrated into birdhouse to be available for common usage in other projects.

OSGeo Code-Sprint

In mid-march 2018 was an OSGeo Code Sprint in Bonn. Birdhouse joined the code-sprint to work with the GeoPython community on Python WPS libraries OWSLib and PyWPS. Carsten Ehbrecht has been proposed as a member of the PyWPS Steering Committee and his nomination has been met so far with unanimous approval.

Logo

The birdhouse project finally has a logo! It’s probably going to evolve over time, so please send us your suggestions and comments.

New Modules in birdhouse

  • Cookiecutter: You can use the Cookiecutter to create your own WPS service from scratch by just answering a few questions. Give it a try.
  • BlackSwan: A new WPS service with processes focussing on extreme weather event assessments, developed by LSCE for the A2C2 project.
  • Flyingpigeon: Not new, but now declared as the sandbox and testbed for new challenges. After a trial and test period, processes will migrate to a dedicated, thematic module.

Roadmap

Over the next months, all climate indicator processes will be moved to a new bird called Finch. Also, common Python utilities used in multiple birds will be centralized into a Python package called eggshell. The planned bird architecture is shown in the diagram below.

Birdhouse architecture diagram.

Non-technical Factsheets

To communicate our vision for online federated web services, we’ve written a short two-pager about WPS services and how they can support access to climate services across the world (The IT Landscape for Climate Services) as well as another one-pager about WPS services in support of sustainability efforts in least developed countries (Cyberinfrastructures for Sustainable Development). Both documents target decision-makers with little technical expertise and are meant to draw interest and institutional support to the project. Please send us feedback and don’t hesitate to circulate them around you.

Upcoming: Birdhouse at EGU in Vienna

Birdhouse will be present at the EGU (Vienna 9.4–13.4) in two poster sessions as part of the Copernicus and A2C2 projects:

Factsheets (two pagers)

To communicate our vision for online federated web services, we’ve written a short two-pager about WPS services and how they can support access to climate services across the world:

The IT Landscape for Climate Services

This document targets decision-makers with little technical expertise and are meant to draw interest and institutional support to the project. Please send us feedback and don’t hesitate to circulate them around you.

Upcoming: Birdhouse at EGU in Vienna

Birdhouse will be present at the EGU (Vienna 9.4–13.4) in two poster sessions as part of the Copernicus and A2C2 projects:

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