The Weather Company is excited to be involved with a recent initiative announced by the Department of Commerce, the NOAA Big Data Project. As an alliance partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other companies who have signed a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA), we will explore sustainable models to increase the availability of open NOAA data and make it globally accessible in the cloud. As a key alliance member with AWS, we’re excited to participate with them to bring data sets to the consumer market for better alignment and understanding.
Additionally, as an extension of a recent announcement with IBM, our professional division WSI will also support IBM’s CRADA efforts for the B2B market, exploring with NOAA how to use newly available weather and climate data to further business partnerships and solutions.
With this effort, The Weather Company will help extract more NOAA data and make it available for others in the cloud -- the public, businesses and the industry -- to use and help build vibrant ecosystems of data and discourse. Allowing more public access to large amounts of data for free encourages the advancement of science, technology and solutions based on weather data. It creates research, communities and tools that improve public safety. One way The Weather Company offers data is through its rich developer-friendly API.
As AWS mentions, we join them in believing that “making more of NOAA’s data widely available will drive even more economic value and social good.” We value our public/private partnerships within our participation in the weather enterprise, which is the collaboration of academia, government and corporate entities to further the study of meteorology and help to improve weather communication to the public.