[CF-metadata] Overstated restriction on references to external variables in version 1.7

V Balaji - NOAA Affiliate v.balaji at noaa.gov
Thu Apr 6 19:49:23 MDT 2017


Thank you, Jeff. Indeed I request people on this thread to review Ticket
145. Several people expressed a strong opinion that we should not veer from
a narrow interpretation of netCDF files being "self-contained". The
exception was allowed for cell_measures because of the impact on filesize
and performance of 3D and 4D volume fields which would have to be repeated
in every file that used them as cell measures.

On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 12:18 PM, Painter, Jeff <painter1 at llnl.gov> wrote:

> The sentence at issue comes from Ticket 145 on the Trac system,
> https://cf-trac.llnl.gov/trac/ticket/145.  The final version of this
> ticket's changes is in comment 47.  It would be helpful if any revisions
> could get approved (in a re-opened version of this ticket, or in a new
> ticket) in time for Tanya and I to incorporate it in version 1.7.
>
> - Jeff Painter
>
> On 4/5/17 4:16 AM, Bärring Lars wrote:
>
> Hello Martin, David, all,
>
> Martin raises an relevant point, even though it took me minute or two to see the difference.
>
> Now :"The only CF standard attribute which is allowed to refer to external variables is cell_measures."
> meaning that that only the CF standard attribute cell_measures is allowed to make reference external variables (as well as any non-CF standard attributes of course).
>
> Martins suggestion: "The only attribute which is allowed to make a CF standard reference to external variables is cell_measures"
> allows any of the 'free text' CF standard attributes to refer to external variables, but such reference will not be understood by software (as anything else in the free text attributes)
>
> In both cases the intended meaning is preserved that a cell_method reference to an external variable will be understood by software.
>
> I support Martin's suggestion.
>
> Kind regards,
> Lars
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CF-metadata [mailto:cf-metadata-bounces at cgd.ucar.edu <cf-metadata-bounces at cgd.ucar.edu>] On Behalf Of martin.juckes at stfc.ac.uk
> Sent: den 5 april 2017 12:57
> To: david.hassell at ncas.ac.uk
> Cc: cf-metadata at cgd.ucar.edu
> Subject: Re: [CF-metadata] Overstated restriction on references to external variables in version 1.7
>
> Hi David,
>
> my point is indeed that you should be able to put anything in them, so have a standards document which says that you can't put references to external variables in them would be a mistake .....
>
> cheers,
> Martin
>
> ________________________________
> From: David Hassell [david.hassell at ncas.ac.uk]
> Sent: 05 April 2017 11:35
> To: Juckes, Martin (STFC,RAL,RALSP)
> Cc: CF Metadata
> Subject: Re: [CF-metadata] Overstated restriction on references to external variables in version 1.7
>
> Hello Martin,
>
> I don't quite see what you mean - such attributes are non-standardised, so you can already put anything you like in them, but software won't be able to do anything about it. Could you perhaps give a CDL example?
>
> Many thanks,
>
> David
>
> On 5 April 2017 at 09:36, <martin.juckes at stfc.ac.uk<mailto:martin.juckes at stfc.ac.uk> <martin.juckes at stfc.ac.uk>> wrote:
> Hello All,
>
> Section 2.6.3, External Variables, of version 1.7 of the standard contains the statement that:"The only CF standard attribute which is allowed to refer to external variables is cell_measures."
>
> I believe this is stronger than intended: it should be possible, for instance, to refer to external variables in the comment and history attributes, and any other free text attribute, or the comment part of the cell_methods string.
>
> Should it say something along the lines of:
> "The only attribute which is allowed to make a CF standard reference to external variables is cell_measures"?
>
> regards,
> Martin
>
> _______________________________________________
> CF-metadata mailing listCF-metadata at cgd.ucar.edu<mailto:CF-metadata at cgd.ucar.edu> <CF-metadata at cgd.ucar.edu>http://mailman.cgd.ucar.edu/mailman/listinfo/cf-metadata
>
>
>
> --
> David Hassell
> National Centre for Atmospheric Science
> Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 243, Reading RG6 6BB
> Tel: +44 118 378 5613 <+44%20118%20378%205613>http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/
> _______________________________________________
> CF-metadata mailing listCF-metadata at cgd.ucar.eduhttp://mailman.cgd.ucar.edu/mailman/listinfo/cf-metadata
> _______________________________________________
> CF-metadata mailing listCF-metadata at cgd.ucar.eduhttp://mailman.cgd.ucar.edu/mailman/listinfo/cf-metadata
>
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> CF-metadata mailing list
> CF-metadata at cgd.ucar.edu
> http://mailman.cgd.ucar.edu/mailman/listinfo/cf-metadata
>
>


-- 

V. Balaji                               Office:  +1-609-452-6516
Head, Modeling Systems Group, GFDL      Mobile:  +1-917-273-9824
Princeton University                    Email: v.balaji at noaa.gov
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mailman.cgd.ucar.edu/pipermail/cf-metadata/attachments/20170406/77d442e0/attachment-0001.html>


More information about the CF-metadata mailing list