2020 Workshop:Snakes on a spaceship

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Angeline Burrell
Alexa Halford
Russell Stoneback


CEDAR justification: strategic thrust #6: manage, mine, and manipulate geoscience data and models

1) How the questions will be addressed: The challenge of performing system science is addressed by teaching the community about the existence and use of open source science software that enables system science

2) What resources exist, are planned, or are needed: Science python software already exists that helps the community achieve these goals, pysat, pydarn, Resen, etc.

3) How progress should be measured: Participation rates in open source science python software. Publications that use community tools, and software citation rate can also be tracked.


The pursuit of system science requires integrating measurements from multiple platforms into a coherent system for analysis. The variety of instrument types and data formats makes this challenging. Typically these challenges are solved separately by different research teams, leading to duplicated efforts. The reproducibility of scientific results are also affected, since most journal articles do not include complete analysis descriptions. The study of the magnetosphere and the ionosphere as a system would be enhanced if solutions to these problems were made broadly available to the community. This year, 'Snakes on a Spaceship: The Order of the Python' will focus on Python packages developed by and for the CEDAR community and using version control within a community collaboration.

The original proposal to the in-person CEDAR workshop can be found here: http://cedarweb.vsp.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2020_Workshop:Python_for_Space_Science


Session participation

This session will be hosted on Google Meets: https://meet.google.com/shg-evbm-pey

We now have a livestream! https://youtu.be/Vm5uFhRZGNo

Workshop Summary

  • Package presentation
  • Programming tutorial
  • Open discussion
    • Why do you/do you want to program in Python?
    • What is your favourite Python 'trick'?

Gender breakdown of verbal participation in entire session: 32% Female/68% Male

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