OCC Collaborates With NOAA to Release Environmental Data


The Open Commons Consortium is very pleased to announce a collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help release their vast stores of environmental data to the general public.

The OCC joins Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, and Microsoft as anchors for data alliances established through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). Each data alliance will implement solutions to create ecosystems that foster growth and discovery through the distribution of this wealth of open data.

The OCC will leverage existing partnerships in the research, nonprofit, and commercial community, along with our pioneering experience building, managing, and curating data commons and their surrounding ecosystems in order to implement the government's vision.

From NOAA's Annoucement:

NOAA gathers over 20 terabytes of data every day – more than twice the data of the entire printed collection of the United States Library of Congress. This environmental intelligence comes from a wide variety of sources, including Doppler radar systems, weather satellites, buoy networks and stations, tide gauges, real-time weather stations, as well as ships and aircraft. However, right now only a small percentage of this valuable data is easily accessible to the public. The demand for this data has increased, and it is imperative to find ways to effectively and efficiently distribute this data to decision makers and industries.

OCC Founder, Dr. Grossman as quoted in the NOAA announcement:

"Ease of access to the wealth of climate, weather, and environmental data NOAA is making available will have an enormous impact on researchers across many disciplines. The purpose of the Open Commons Consortium (OCC) collaboration with the NOAA is to make finding and accessing this data easier for the academic, non-profit, and research communities, to enable scientific analysis and to drive discovery," said Dr. Robert Grossman, director of the Open Commons Consortium.

To learn more about the initiative visit NOAA's Data Alliance site.

To see NOAA's Press release visit the Commerce.gov site.

To find out how to get involved with OCC's alliance contact noaa.crada at occ-data.org.

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