On 12 October 1998, it was the 25th anniversary of the Man computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS). On that date in 1973, McIDAS was first used operationally by scientists as a tool for data analysis. Over the last 25 years, McIDAS has undergone numerous architectural changes in an effort to keep pace with changing technology. In its early years, significant technological breakthroughs were required to achieve the functionality needed by atmospheric scientists. Today McIDAS is challenged by new Internet-based approaches to data access and data display. The history and impact of McIDAS, along with some of the lessons learned, are presented here.
Research Article| 1 February 1999
The Man computer Interactive Data Access System: 25 Years of Interactive Processing
Matthew A. Lazzara;
Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
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Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. (1999) 80 (2): 271–284.
28 August 1998
01 February 1999
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Lazzara, M. A., and Coauthors, 1999: The Man computer Interactive Data Access System: 25 Years of Interactive Processing. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 80, 271–284, https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0477(1999)080<0271:TMCIDA>2.0.CO;2.
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