Open Data and collaboration


Collaborating with research data is not new. It has been done fore a long time, at least when it comes to the weather data. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) started 1950. And is an organisation to that works to create a platform and standard for sharing weather data.

Or as they say on their website: “As weather, climate and the water cycle know no national boundaries, international cooperation at a global scale is essential for the development of meteorology and operational hydrology as well as to reap the benefits from their application.” WMO works to provide the framework for such international cooperation.

Who other then the the meteorologist can find this kind of data to be relevant? On what level should the data be shared?  Well for instance it could be useful for paragliding:

“[…] We need to know about local effects like thermal updrafts, clouds growth, mountain-breeze, foehn wind and all sorts of other micro weather effects. […]”

“[…] I discovered there was very little information available at this level of detail. The information exists, but is not displayed anywhere because it’s too specific.[…]”

“Opening the weather, part 2 (2013)[2015-10-14]

This information comes from an older blog post, is it still accurate when it comes to its description on the problems with getting specific weather data? I dont know. But SMHI seems to have good APIs for accessing their data. That it is relevant to share weather data is hard to argue, when everything is connected:

It is not always obvious whom might be interested in accessing the data. If you want to share your data, make sure that the data is well defined and easy to use. If you are about to start sharing your data you might want to ask svensk nationell datatjänst (SND) to help you out with this.

Text: Thomas

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