[FRPythoneers] Re: [lug] MEAS Data file format

Joe Van Andel vanandel at atd.ucar.edu
Thu Aug 17 09:39:16 MDT 2000

Have you considered netCDF as a data format?  


--------------  from the web page ---------------------
NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is an interface for array-oriented
data access and a library that provides an implementation of the
interface. The netCDF
library also defines a machine-independent format for representing
scientific data. Together, the interface, library, and format support
the creation, access, and
sharing of scientific data

There is a Python interface using Numeric Python.
You can also use commercial tools like MATLAB and IDL to read/write and
plot this format.   You don't have to write parsing code, since the
interfaces already exist.

netCDF is quite flexible in storing "meta-data" with your data, so you
know what units were used.

I'd urge you to look at netCDF, before defining your own self-describing
data format.

Joe VanAndel  	          
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Internet: vanandel at ucar.edu
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