OGC network Common Data Form (netCDF) standards suite

1) Overview
2) Downloads
3) Related News

1) Overview

netCDF is a set of software libraries and self-describing, machine-independent data formats that support the creation, access, and sharing of array-oriented scientific data. The conventions for climate and forecast (CF) metadata are designed to promote the processing and sharing of netCDF files. The conventions define metadata that provide a definitive description of what the data represents, and the spatial and temporal properties of the data.

The OGC CF-netCDF standard consists of a suite of standards that support encoding of digital geospatial information representing space/time-varying phenomena. Although it was originally developed for the Earth science community, netCDF can be used to communicate and store a wide variety of multidimensional data. The netCDF data model and encodings are particularly well suited to providing data in forms familiar to atmospheric and oceanic scientists, specifically, as sets of related arrays.

The OGC CF-netCDF standards and related documents (primer, best practices, engineering reports, etc.) are accessible from the table below. Additional Extensions to the Core standard may be specified in the future. The CF-netCDF Core and Extensions Primer provides an overview of the many possible components of the CF-netCDF suite and explains how those components fit together into a coherent whole.


2) Downloads

Version Document Title (click to download) Document # Type
 1.0 OGC Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) Core Encoding Standard version 1.0  10-090r3 IS
  NetCDF Binary Encoding Extension Standard: NetCDF Classic and 64-bit Offset Format (1.0) 10-092r3 ISx
  CF-netCDF3 Data Model Extension standard (3.1) 11-165r2 IS
  OGC Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) NetCDF Enhanced Data Model Extension Standard (1.0) 11-038R2 IS
  NetCDF Uncertainty Conventions  11-163 DP
  CF-netCDF Core and Extensions Primer  10-091r3 Primer

 

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3) Related News

OGC Approves Climate and Forecast (CF) extension to NetCDF Core data model standard  2013-02-14 
OGC calls for comments on netCDF Uncertainty Conventions Discussion Paper  2013-02-07 
OGC seeks comments on Climate and Forecast (CF) extension to NetCDF Core data model standard  2012-11-16 
OGC adopts netCDF Enhanced Data Model Extension Standard  2012-11-16 
OGC Seeks Comments on NetCDF Enhanced Data Model Extension Standard  2012-07-23 
OGC announces netCDF Standard for Communicating Multidimensional Data  2011-04-26 
OGC Seeks Comments on NetCDF Climate and Forecast Data Encoding Standards   2010-09-07 
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