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CIM Questionnaire


Metadata for the 5th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) was collected by a large online questionnaire that used a community-developed metadata schema for climate models, the Common Information Model (CIM). The questionnaire was written in python, relied on realm-specific (e.g. atmosphere, ocean) controlled vocabularies, and was mostly hardwired.  Since CMIP5, various organizations have come forward requesting that questionnaires be generated for their projects and unique datasets.  Modifying the CMIP5 questionnaire for these new groups is time consuming and clumsy. 

A better solution is enabling projects to generate project-customizable questionnaires.  The CIM Questionnaire is written in Django (a Python web framework) and is being used to support numerous projects including the  2012 Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP), as well as the  2013 Quantitative Analysis of Downscaling Workshop.

Key Capabilities:

  • Works with all versions of the CIM.
  • Works for single model components (e.g. atmospheric dynamical cores) or large multi-component models (e.g. a climate model), and other CIM documents (e.g. statistical downscaling components). 
  • Projects can choose:
    • What questions appear.
    • What options exist for each quesition.
    • Whether questions are required or optional.
    • The order of questions. 
  • Results become part of a community repository of Earth system model documentation and work with follow-on ES-DOC tools. 

Figure 1: Screenshot of a CIM Questionnaire for a climate model showing the complex component hierarchy and tabbed structure for various questions. 

Last Update: Nov. 12, 2015, 10:19 a.m. by Sylvia Murphy
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