Do you have a question about the ACCESS models, data and tools?  

August 31, 2023

Don’t despair, the ACCESS Support team is here to help! 

The ACCESS-NRI has just released the User Support scheme; a new way to get help for the software infrastructure (models, configurations and tools) that is supported by ACCESS-NRI. 

Inspired by the “Stack overflow model”, the User Support scheme will curate questions and their answers to build a knowledge base of climate and weather modelling science in Australia. This scheme will be built on the existing ACCESS-Hive Forum, which is the place for the community to assist one another.  

The User support scheme is a process that starts with the user asking a question through the ACCESS-Hive Forum, and adding a “help” tag to their query to bring it to the attention of the support team (see figure below for more details).  

“For supported software products, we want our users to either receive dedicated help all the way through resolution or get redirected to places where they can get a solution to their problem. We are determined to support people by matching their query with the person that is best equipped to help”, says Dr Claire Carouge, team leader of the Land Surface Modelling team. 

As a National Research Infrastructure, ACCESS-NRI’s mission is to support the ACCESS software framework and the users and developers who form the ACCESS Community. While we don’t have the resources or expertise to answer every question, our goal is to enable a framework that allows this to happen by connecting users with the experts that have the answers.   

“The support team includes ACCESS-NRI staff as well as technical specialists from partner organisations CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology. We have also approached community members to provide expert assistance to helpers when the issue requires specific domain knowledge. All members of the ACCESS-Hive Forum are also encouraged to pitch in and help according to their abilities” adds Dr Roger Edberg, Team leader of the User Training team. 

Dr Aidan Heerdegen, team leader of the ACCESS Model Release team, is encouraging people to ask all sorts of questions, “Every question asked becomes part of a community knowledge base that everyone will benefit from. There is no point struggling with a problem in isolation when issues can be easily solved using this resource and at the same time increase the sum of knowledge and help the community to grow and become more vibrant,” he says.  

“We are also welcoming other groups working with the ACCESS models to join us as expert helpers on this endeavour of building a community-curated knowledge base for climate and weather modelling in Australia, so if you are interested to be part of it, contact us” he adds. 


Useful links: 

Register to the ACCESS Hive Forum  

What happens after I submit a help request? 

How to write a question topic in the Hive-Forum to get prompt and effective help 

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