This is a call for developers.
As you know, OpenCPN
is Open Source software
, released under the GPLv2 License
. All development work
is done by volunteers who freely contribute their time and expertise to the project
. We are all very grateful for their continuing efforts to make OCPN great.
But, we need more...
There are more really good user-contributed ideas floating around than there are current
dev resources to implement them.
So, let's ratchet up to the next level.
We currently have an immediate need for a person skilled in PHP/Web Server Design
to build a high performance GRIB Server dedicated to OpenCPN users.
Server Initial Design Target:
1. The Server will periodically fetch a variety of GRIB files from various sources, including NOAA and Meteo France
. The goal here is to always have the most recently available data on the server.
2. The server will respond to http: PULL requests to download a geographically and parametrically filtered subset of the target GRIB file. The API supporting these PULLs is undefined, but there are several examples to think about and possibly extend, including NOAA's "grib_filter" model.
3. Hosting strategy for the Server is undetermined, but there are various options. I anticipate that deployment of the Server will not be a problem.
4. Timeline: Start Immediately. Beta Test when possible. Production Release when ready.
So, there is the outline.
Thanks, and good luck to all
OpenCPN Lead Developer.