know that NOAA gathers 20 terabytes of data every day - 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, computer models, tide gauges, real-time
weather stations, as well as ships and aircraft. This network provides valuable
and critical data that are instrumental in protecting lives and property across
the country. But only a small percentage is easily accessible to the public
and, as demand increases for this data and information, NOAA recognized it
needed to find ways to effectively and efficiently distribute this data to decision
makers and industries.
in mind, this past February NOAA announced a new effort to unleash the power of
its data to foster innovation, create new industries and job opportunities.
NOAA issued a Request for Information, or an RFI, to engage private industry to
help make NOAA's data available in a rapid, scalable manner to the public.
Through this process, American companies were asked to provide possible
solutions for NOAA to be able to turn this untapped information into usable
products or services.
does this mean to the economy? According to a 2013 McKinsey Global Institute
Report, open data could add more than $3 trillion in total value annually to
the education, transportation, consumer products, electricity, oil and gas,
healthcare, and consumer finance sectors worldwide. If more of this data could
be efficiently released, organizations will be able to develop new and
innovative products and services to help us better understand our planet and
keep communities resilient from extreme events.
received more than 70 responses to the RFI that closed on March 31st.
Responses came from industry and academia and ranged from single
organizations to broad, integrated teams. NOAA has reviewed the responses and
is continuing to engage with industry to elicit feedback for the best way to
make this data accessible and useful.
respondents to the RFI provided a clear message - get started. And we heard this again at the Open Data Roundtable last week at the White House. So
NOAA is talking to other agencies and formulating a plan for implementing a
new, innovative model of public-private partnership around open government
data, all in support of the Obama administration’s efforts to make data more
accessible. NOAA intends to incrementally implement this partnership by
enabling the government and industry to work together by testing the best
methods for not just making data available, but creating an ecosystem around
the data that will make a meaningful and lasting impact on the economy.