Celebrating a Remarkable Year at The HDF Group – Happy Holidays!

This is a repeat of the message that went out to our mailing list, but I know there are many people on the forum that are not on the mailing list.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we wanted to share some highlights that made this year memorable for us and express our gratitude for your continued support and engagement.

Celebrating 25 Years of the HDF5 Library and File Format! In 2023, we marked the 25th anniversary of the HDF5 library and file format—a testament to the enduring impact of this pioneering technology.

Collaborative Achievements Across Platforms Our dedicated community made remarkable contributions with over 1,770 pull requests and commits across the HDF5, HDF4, HSDS, and HDFView Github repos. This collaborative effort is a testament to the passion and expertise that drive our open-source projects forward.

Supporting Our Community Our Help Desk received over 200 queries. Additionally, community members and employees on our forum made almost 1,500 posts across 291 topics, providing help to community members, input to the development team, and showcasing the vibrant exchange of ideas within our community.

Global Reach and Impact With over 200,000 downloads this year, our software continues to have a significant global impact. HDF5 is used in many projects and was part of the research encapsulated in 2,650 scholarly articles this year.

Connecting Through Events This year, we hosted two HUG Events (one in the US and one in Europe) and 44 Call the Doctor sessions, fostering connections and providing valuable insights. These gatherings exemplify the collaborative spirit that defines The HDF Group and the community.

Security and Vigilance We remained vigilant in addressing security concerns. This year, we carried out an initiative to become “CVE-free,” which we accomplished and maintained by promptly addressing CVE issues to ensure our software’s continued safety and reliability.

As we wrap up this exceptional year, we know that these achievements would not have been possible without the support of our user community. The HDF Group is poised for an exciting 2024, and we can’t wait to embark on new journeys with you.

I wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Warm regards,

Gerd Heber
Executive Director
The HDF Group

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