2017 AMS Python Symposium Topics

See https://annual.ametsoc.org/2017/index.cfm/programs/conferences-and-symposia/seventh-symposium-on-advances-in-modeling-and-analysis-using-python/ for the list of topics and the call for abstracts. Hope you can submit an abstract! The deadline is August 1, 2016.

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Resources from the 2016 AMS Python Symposium

The screencasts/handouts of the talks from the Sixth AMS Python Symposium
are up! See here.

Additionally, here are the resources for the Brief Python Tutorials
Workshops held during the Symposium (not all instructors had resources
to share):

(1) Hannah Aizenman on Matplotlib, Pandas, Shared X-Y plots, and Teaching
Via Notebooks

(2) David Brown on conda.

(3) Johnny Lin on simple cross-platform programming.

(4) Ryan May on NetCDF and Siphon: Related resources: First, Second.

(5) Sheri Mickelson on performance.

Thanks to everyone who particpated in the Symposium!

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GeoPython Conference!

Christen Martin posted this today on the mailing list:

I’m pleased to announce the upcoming GeoPython conference, which takes place in Basel, Switzerland June 22 to 24, 2016.

The conference is about Geo&Python and it would be great to have some talks/workshops from the atmospheric and oceanic community, deadline is March 10, 2016.

The event is organised by the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and PyBasel – the local Python User Group.

More info is available at http://www.geopython.net

Conference topics are:
– GIS / Mapping
– Geography / Geophysics / Geodesy / Geomatics
– Earth Sciences / Environmental Sciences
– Geovisualization
– Smart Cities
– Spatial Data / Geodata
– Geospatial Webservices
– Big Data
– Data Processing
– (Spatial) Databases
– Computer Vision
– Remote Sensing
– Image Processing
– Machine Learning
– Python in General

Sounds like a great event!

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Python Programming and Visualization for Scientists

Alex DeCaria’s book Python Programming and Visualization for Scientists book is done and ready for pre-order! Please see the book’s page for details. It looks like a great text!

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New Getting Started Page

Damien Irving has written a great “Getting Started” page for this site. If you know someone who could benefit from it, please pass it along!

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2016 AMS Python Symposium and Short Courses

Here’s the program for the AMS Sixth Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python:


And AMS is offering two Python-related short courses, a beginner’scourse on Python and a PyNIO and related Python tools course. See here for details:


Hope folks can make it!

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What to Use for User-Interfaces

This week on the mailing list, there was a neat thread about what to use for writing user-interfaces in Python. Here was a list of recommended graphical user-interface packages:

Chris Barker said the following about coding up text-based command-line interfaces:

I recommend argparse for doing that in python. argparse is MUCH better than writing your own system — but I’d go with docopt — VERY slick:


Oh, another option:

Build it all into a Jupyter Notebook:


(formerly iPython)

with Interactive widgets!


For more on IPython widgets: https://ipython.org/ipython-doc/dev/whatsnew/version2.0.html#interactive-widgets and http://nbviewer.ipython.org/github/ipython/ipython/blob/2.x/examples/Interactive%20Widgets/Index.ipynb.

(Hat tips: Ryan Abernathey, T. Arulalan, Heiner Asmus, Chris Barker, Andrea Cimatoribus, Davide Del Vento, and Timothy Lang.)

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AMS Python Symposium Abstract Submission Extension

The submission deadline for the AMS Python Symposium has been extended
to Aug 10, 2015. To submit, please use the link on this page:


(The link on the Call for Papers page has been de-activated.) Thanks!

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AGU Session on Python!

Sheri Mickelson posted the following to the PyAOS mailing list:

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to our AGU session “Python Solutions for the Earth Sciences”. We created this session in order to promote Python within the earth sciences, share how Python is being used, and to present best practices and techniques.

The Fall AGU is in December in San Francisco and the Call for Abstracts is located here. Hope folks can submit an abstract!

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Call for Papers for the 2016 AMS Python Symposium

The 2016 AMS Python Symposium will be held in New Orleans during the AMS Annual Meeting (which is January 10-14, 2016). Here’s the call for papers:


We’re still in the planning stages regarding exactly how many days the Symposium will be and what the events will be, but I wanted to let y’all know about the call for papers at this time. The abstract submission deadline is August 3, 2015. Thanks!

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