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Graham Mallin Head of IT Infrastructure at the Met Office Presentation at Zaizi's Open Gov Summit 2012
 

Graham Mallin Head of IT Infrastructure at the Met Office Presentation at Zaizi's Open Gov Summit 2012

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In this presentation Graham talks about experience that Met Office has in using Open Standards and Open Source as they apply to the weather and climate domain. The Met Office routinely handle very ...

In this presentation Graham talks about experience that Met Office has in using Open Standards and Open Source as they apply to the weather and climate domain. The Met Office routinely handle very large and volatile data sets and have been exchanging these with hundreds of international collaborating organisations via the World Meteorological Organisation for many years. The challenge is now on to make these accessible in more generic open standards for wider re-use. In looking at open standards, Graham will also talk about how the Met Office increasingly uses open source to develop parts of its operational platform.

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    Graham Mallin Head of IT Infrastructure at the Met Office Presentation at Zaizi's Open Gov Summit 2012 Graham Mallin Head of IT Infrastructure at the Met Office Presentation at Zaizi's Open Gov Summit 2012 Presentation Transcript

    • An Open Met OfficeGraham Mallin – Executive Head of Technology© Crown copyright Met Office
    • Agenda • About the Met Office • Open data & open source – OpenWIS • Open data standards • Q&A© Crown copyright Met Office
    • Agenda • About the Met Office • Open data & open source – OpenWIS • Open data standards • Q&A© Crown copyright Met Office
    • About the Met Office • The National Meteorological Service for the UK • Public Weather Service • National Severe Weather Warnings Service • Represent the UK in international activities • A world leading provider of weather and climate services • World leading in weather science and operations • Met Office Hadley Centre© Crown copyright Met Office
    • Diverse Customer Base • Environment Monitoring, Hurricane Forecasting • Volcanic Ash Advisories, Defence Support © Crown copyright Met Office© Crown copyright Met Office
    • Agenda • About the Met Office • Open data & open source – OpenWIS • Open data standards • Q&A© Crown copyright Met Office
    • © Crown copyright Met Office
    • © Crown copyright Met Office
    • Introducing WMO World Meteorological Organization Specialized agency of UN (1951) “UN systems authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earths atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources” 192 Member States and Territories ‘Resolution 40’ data-products ‘Resolution 28’ data-products WMO facilitates the free and unrestricted exchange of data and information, products and services in real- or near-real time relating to safety and security of society, economic welfare and the protection of the environment© Crown copyright Met Office
    • WMO Global Telecommunications SystemGTS (Global Telecommunications System) – as extranet established in 1950sfor transmission of warnings, observations, forecasts, admin, seismicmessages, etc.Point-to-pointRobust, resilientInflexibleTime-criticalSafety criticalDomain specificConnecting 192 countries! © Crown copyright Met Office
    • WMO Information System© Crown copyright Met Office
    • GTS to OpenWIS http://openwis.sourceforge.net/• Fully open standards based• Sits on top of Open Source stack• Exploits the interweb!
    • Using Open Source and Open Data in the Met Office• Linux• Developments• Issues we’ve faced
    • Agenda • About the Met Office • Open data & open source – OpenWIS • Open data standards • Q&A© Crown copyright Met Office
    • One of the earliest daily weather maps issued by the British Met Office. © Crown copyright Met Office
    • Daily Weather reports© Crown copyright Met Office
    • International data exchangeMeteorologists have alwaysutilised infrastructure,technology and procedure tosupport domestic andinternational exchange ofinformation to supportweather forecastingoperations … in 1873 datafrom ‘Christiansund’ wouldhave been transmitted bysemaphore © Crown copyright Met Office
    • WMO’s World Weather Watch Programme combines observing systems,telecommunication facilities, and data-processing and forecasting centres tosupport weather prediction … time & safety critical © Crown copyright Met Office
    • Operational data exchange isvitally important for safety criticalapplications.But, there is also the hugedemand to exchange weatherinformation with the widercommunity
    • © Crown copyright Met Office
    • Collaborative Development of Open Standards for Weather Exchange Key Organisations & Communities World Meteorological TRANSPARENCY Organisation (WMO) PROGRAMME PDG Earth Sciences Community NHP ISO TC 211 Geospatial Information UK GOVERNMENT Open Geospatial ENVIRONMENTAL LWEC Consortium (OGC) INFORMATION INITIATIVES UK- EOF© Crown copyright Met Office
    • © Crown copyright Met Office
    • Conclusion • Use and support of open source has been a benefit • Skills, cost, community development, interoperability • Struggled with some aspects – a mixed economy • We are committed to publishing information assets as open data • .... But don’t forget safety critical services • Met Office see huge benefits in positive engagement in open data and open data standards • Linked Data is the next big thing ....© Crown copyright Met Office
    • Questions & answersThanks for your attention© Crown copyright Met Office