08 Aug 2014

BoF Scientific File Formats

Description / Abstract / Agenda: 

Date & Time: BREAKOUT4 Tuesday 23 Sept 2014, 11.30 – 13.00



The SFF BoF aims to set the scene for the proposed IG on Scientific File Formats (IG-SFF)  and WG on HDF5-filter-extensions (WG-HFE). The IG-SFF intends to identify common issues on open scientific file formats like capabilities, evolution, interoperability, funding or sustainability of scientific file formats, questions which might also relate to rapid evolution of scientific instruments and e-infrastructures. A major goal of IG-SFF is to initiate WGs -  such as WG-HFE - tackling specific, well-defined issues on scientific file formats. The HDF5-filter-extension WG intends to deal with one specific, very recent extension of HDF5 enhancing essential high-throughput capabilities. This modular extensions are operating outside the HDF5-core and hence require some operational framework to fully exploit the capabilities and maintain core characteristics like platform independence. The BoF session intends to outline definitions, issues and boundary conditions for scientific file formats; to establish concrete work plans and strategies. 

Agenda for the BoF session:

11:30-11:40 Introduction to the Scientific File Formats IG (SFF IG)     Frank Schlünzen / DESY
11:40-11:55 HDF5 all the standard format for binary   Elena Pourmal / HDFgroup
11:55-12:15 Unidata: Experiences of a 30-year data services facility
for the geosciences
  Mohan Ramamurthy / unidata
12:15-12:30 Topics for the SFF IG - Discussion and workplan   IG chairs
chair: E.Wintersberger
12:30-12:45 Introduction to the HDF5 filter extension WG   Eugen Wintersberger / DESY
12:45-13:00 Discussion & work plan for the HDF5 FE WG     WG chairs
chair: E.Pourmal


Date & Time: 
Friday, 8 August, 2014 - 15:45
Groups audience: 
Research data needs of the Photon and Neutron Science community IG
Frank Schlünzen, Eugen Wintersberger, Tobias Richter, Elena Pourmal
Chair contact emails : 
  • Timea Biro's picture

    Author: Timea Biro

    Date: 08 Aug, 2014

    Dear IG Chairs and members,
    you have receive the message below as a note that we have set up a
    meeting page for the BOF on Scientific File Formats as well under the
    umbrella of your group.
    The Plenary 4 programme now includes the breakout sessions schedule
    Please use the 2 meeting pages listed on the right side of your group
    working area (view screenshot below) to add an agenda for the meetings/
    discussion points and other resourses that will provide support for the
    meetings. The 2 pages are linked to the conference programme and should
    serve as a reference for all updates regarding your meetings.
    Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions
    Many thanks and kind regards,

  • Frank Schluenzen's picture

    Author: Frank Schluenzen

    Date: 11 Aug, 2014

    Dear Timea,
    just to be certain: we had proposed to swap two sessions. Does your message imply that the issue has been decided or is there still a chance for the proposed session-rearrangement?
    Could you add Elena Pourmal as chair, see below.
    Thanks & best regards, Frank.
    Dear Timea, dear Frank,
    Sorry, I missed somehow that Elena Pourmal < ***@***.*** > is one
    of the chairs of
    BoF Scientific File Formats.
    @Timea: could you please be so kind and add her to the list of chairs?
    Concerning switching the slots for BoF Scientific File Formats and
    IG Research Data Needs of the Photon and Neutron Science Community:
    Currently we are discussing this issue, because it produces some conflicts
    for other persons and groups.
    Kind regards,
    ----- Original Message -----

  • Frank Schluenzen's picture

    Author: Frank Schluenzen

    Date: 19 Sep, 2014

    We need your help! 

    To understand better the needs and expectations on the Scientific File Formats IG please take a very short survey:




submit a comment