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Bug#640037: ITP: pydap -- DAP (Data Access Protocol) client and server

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Sandro Tosi <morph@debian.org>

* Package name    : pydap
  Version         :
  Upstream Author : Roberto De Almeida <rob@pydap.org>
* URL             : http://pydap.org/2.x/
* License         : MIT
  Programming Lang: Python
  Description     : DAP (Data Access Protocol) client and server

 This is a Python implementation of the Data Access Protocol, a scientific
 protocol for data access developed by the OPeNDAP team
 (http://opendap.org). This implementation is developed from scratch, following
 the latest specification of the protocol (DAP 2.0 Draft Community Standard
 2005/04/27) and based on my experience with OPeNDAP servers on the wild.
 Using this module one can access hundreds of scientific datasets from Python
 programs, accessing data in an efficient, transparent and pythonic way. Arrays
 are manipulated like normal multi-dimensional arrays (like numpy.array, e.g.),
 with the fundamental difference that data is downloaded on-the-fly when a
 variable is sliced.  Sequential data can be filtered on the server side before
 being downloaded, saving bandwith and time.
 The module also implements a DAP server, allowing datasets from a multitude of
 formats (netCDF, Matlab, CSV, GrADS/GRIB files, SQL RDBMS) to be served on the
 internet. The server specifies a plugin API for supporting new data formats in
 an easy way. The DAP server is implemented as a WSGI application (see PEP 333),
 running on a variery of servers, and can be combined with WSGI middleware to
 support authentication, gzip compression and much more.

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