NICEST2 hackathon on FAIR climate data

NICEST2 - NICEST2 hackathon on FAIR climate data

March 11, 16 and 17, 2021 (13:00 - 17:00 CET)

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Free of charge, funded by the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration.

Hackathon goals and format

From FAIR principles to FAIR practices. This hackathon is a combination of training (March 11, 2021) and hands-on hacking using real climate data (16-17 March, 2021)!

The goal is to take a bottom up approach to explore how the current international standards and tools for managing climate model output (including ES-DOC, CF, CMOR, ESGF, etc.) can be reused in Nordic and national research projects to help ensure the valuable climate model outputs are FAIR and open. We will use real-world output from two global climate models (NorESM and EC-Earth), and plan to work through the process of generating comprehensive metadata from the raw model simulation output. How metadata generation fits into the research workflow and data management will also be considered.

A report on the outcomes of this hackathon will be written and made publicly available.


We will be using the EOSC-Nordic JupyterLab so there is no need to install anything but:

  • You need a laptop or desktop computer with a modern web browser.
  • Once registered and close to the event, you will receive some information on how to register and access the EOSC-Nordic JupyterLab. We will organize a "check your access" session before the hackathon where we can help you to go through the steps.

Access to NIRD resource for practical work

We have an allocated space on NIRD where we will make available example model output and tools for practical work. To gain access to this resoure follow these steps.


Day 1 - Tuesday 11 March, 2021 (13:00 - 17:00 CET)

Day 2 - Tuesday 16 March, 2021 (13:00 - 17:00 CET)

Day 3 - Wednesday 17 March, 2021 (13:00 - 17:00 CET)


The hackathon will be held online, participation links will be sent to registered participants.

Shared notes document

We will use 1 or more HackMD documents to collect notes during the hackathon. The initial, main HackMD document is here.

Who the hackathon is for

From FAIR experts to climate modellers.

Are you doing one of these things?

  • You help researchers to make their data FAIR.
  • You write code to process climate data.
  • You change scripts written by your colleagues.
  • You write code that is used in climate research by you or others.

If yes, then this hackathon is for you.

How to join

We have a limited number of seats. Priority seats are given to NICEST2 staff.

To ensure a balanced mix of participants we warmly invite both climate researchers and research data managers.

Please use the NeIC indico page to register your interest.

As an attendees, we request you to be able to contribute a minimum of 30 hours (including the hackathon itself).


  • Anne Claire Fouilloux (UiO), Hamish Struthers (LiU), Matúš Kalaš (UiB), Prashanth Dwarakanath (LiU), Tyge Løvset (NORCE), Adil Hasan (UNINETT Sigma 2)


If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact Hamish Struthers:

Questions, answers, and feedback

Here we will share during/after the workshop (anonymized) questions, answers, and feedback from the collaborative notes.




partner partner


NICEST2 is a project within the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC). NeIC is an organisational unit under NordForsk.

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