The Paper: "Serving unstructured grids using OPeNDAP: Using server-side operations to subset and subsample data", by Christopher Barker and James Gallagher, was presented on Nov. 8th 2011 at the Twelfth International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling in St. Augustine, Florida. The paper described background and use-cases for accessing unstructured grid model data and work OPeNDAP is doing on developing server-side processing to support community needs.
The presentation was well received, with the modeling community showing a lot of interest in the developing technology. In addition to the Barker and Gallagher paper, many other papers presented at the conference focused on work with unstructured grid models, demonstrating the need for better tools to handle datasets on unstructured grids.
The conference also served as an opportunity for folks in the modeling community to meet face to face, which facilitated moving forward with the developing standard for storing unstructured grid data in netcdf files, a standard upon which the proposed new server functionality depends.