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Title The Met Office Open Data Journey
Title of Series FOSS4G Nottingham 2013
Author Hubbard, Clare (Met Office)
License CC Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike 3.0 Unported:
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DOI 10.5446/15583
Publisher FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
Release Date 2013
Language English
Production Place Nottingham

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Subject Area Computer Science
Abstract In November 2011, the UK Met Office launched DataPoint: an Application Programming Interface (API) for the release of its Open Data, in support of the Government’s desire for increased transparency and economic growth. Starting with just a handful of users, the service has grown in data, functionality and usage. This year the we are making further developments, responding to user feedback and ensuring INSPIRE compliance. This presentation will describe the journey so far and a forecast for the future.
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start well and the Met Office has been utilising the latest technology from the very early days but back in 18 73 the latest technology was Telegraph and so when the data is being passed around between countries from the from very early days of the drawings for what we do with data is about exchanging and sharing it with other people that this is back in 73 and we got a little bit more but now we
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well that we think is against the soles events and also say that we did and the history standard in Iowa which on to work with industry standards and do what we should do about it and we have the means by the Government focalisation we had to be installed compliance and we have to be a part of what might have developed into working very hot to Mitchell 1 and most of the camp keeping records of instinct and there is a uses ripples issues with it so we collected all of the information 0 and from of the inspired by of see the discovered that view and the reason that it would exempt from players and fans were not Roman just being the pages of
this not datapoint release that what we done said like a this is what would be doing before Christmas fingers crossed when have been fighting plants that we need to get out with much also this and we need to use UDI adding that what it is but I'm told that for the additional not Projections the you can use different places you could use 1 of the women and men things like some Projections nurses because the of 3 thousand registered uses by the 700 of the right using the data the questionable 3 notes about the Canadian which also happen so it was actually much better you could just signed up to the nurses yourself not going into the Games and the error message is that sort of thing and the the world of Italian we do Ahmanson area for possible website Brecheen how he will be be area of the mountain is the with full casting for the fuel to to replicate the of all the stuff that I had to make the data more useful for care and then in the next the among where developing all requirements that the requirements but the more where more than trying to do is to get itself into a rolling plans so in the next universal start thinking about what would do before Christmas next year and it seems they will adding more data increasing was going on so long as the price at we point stuff only all of a place in the Web site that will again be moved over today point wrestler services were also themselves things to make the data more useful and making more interactive with other data that other people provide so this is where we get to the next big project is are not sure project so we are a place of paid the deposit for the National high and and we need become a 22 posted really because what to maintain the missiles data and that means we need to avoid people away getting to the point data of just how high the it so we are actually in the process of collecting requirements how people want to be on the day that the states have more data to they want what resolution how quickly and although things so again if you want to come told us which Wilson Stockel whether data and it would be really really brilliant here from the end must 1st half you check in
but over the it yet these are sauces thousand obstructive any of my technical colleagues are in him found identity how when you see anybody with the meself the batch around here they like but on the Friday it was of the key to this so has we have we don't have a day I rainfall and my on their the mayor of the squad discussion about that and 1 of these is because we think of maintaining walks on the Web sites and we don't have any day amounts of website and there but we have it on a day to point out that it above contention between that we should be making data due to be produced and actually this is quite a highly valued at the end undefeated because we not the new ones have daring full of the sort the beat the Environment Agency the huge events this well which require Castle about while his or data available for free and then we effectively 4th the hand of what they need to do as well so the will welcomes the collaboration about how we do it actually ideally you have a single data that that was made up of off that what we had and the handle the Oliver latencies and see current 1 single datasets at this for a little the worse for that by data the sight of so that in the real structure and we are going to his a shot of 8 8 8 push from government and you must make your data available where it public data and we probably spend law the we really needed to be because we set off for the day with a one day properly and give up power supply for the week and then make the data to make some money out of it like the Open sauce or where than about provides for Scalable with the but we do have a usage limits said if you want to have more than 5 thousand request that that you pay a computations 70 100 party and you pay contributed to their the infrastructure and the networking that we need to replace the to stand up for the extra by the way that we would need it was ready to go to back
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