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Web Services for ClimDB/HydroDB Database

Issue: 
Fall 2011

Suzanne Remillard (AND) and Kyle Kotwica

In the early years of the ClimDB/HydroDB database development, experimental web services were developed to access the database and to demonstrate potential capabilities and its interoperability with harvest scripts and other software. These scripts have never been developed further, but they are operational. This article is intended to provide an introduction to their capabilities, as well as a practical example of their use.

Automated Photo Geotagging

Issue: 
Fall 2011

John Porter (VCR)

Wordle: Tool for Generating Text Visualization

Issue: 
Spring 2011

Karen Baker (PAL, CCE)

Wordle is an application available for free on the web. It creates a word picture of a text where the size of a term is weighted by frequency of its use. Give 'Wordle' a try on a text of your own, it's kinda fun (http://www.wordle.net/). The online interface is straightforward although it allows personalization of the word cloud product via layout, font, and color options. 

Managing Controlled Vocabularies with "TemaTres"

Issue: 
Spring 2011

John Porter (VCR)

Validating Metadata at the VCR/LTER

Issue: 
Spring 2011

Bridget Long (VCR)

Making the Work Flow with Kepler

Issue: 
Fall 2010

John Porter (VCR), Chau-Chin Lin (TERN), Jennifer Holm (LUQ), Ben Leinfelder (NCEAS)

SchemaSpy: No dust will collect on this Database Documentation.

Issue: 
Fall 2010

M.Gastil-Buhl (MCR)

FireBug: Web Customizing To Fit Your Needs

Issue: 
Fall 2009

Sean Wiley (PAL/CCE)

One of the must-have Firefox extensions for web developers is Firebug.

Firebug is most commonly used as a debugging tool because of its ability to facilitate alteration of web pages in 'real time'.

However, another aspect of this tool is its ability to modify web pages for personal use. In taking on the task of converting a webpage into, in this specific case, a desired pdf form, one issue that arose was the inability to modify certain fields integrated into the template, i.e. text fields, search/tool bars, jpeg images, etc.

Matplotlib: An Open Source Python 2-D Plotting Library

Issue: 
Fall 2009

James Conners, CCE / PAL

LEADUM Software DBScribe

Issue: 
Spring 2009

- Wade Sheldon (GCE)

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