The Met Office Weather Observation Website (WOW) project, which uses Google App Engine to build and host web applications and shares weather data and photos, has won the prize for ‘most effective use of collaborative technology’ at the UK IT Industry Awards.
WOW has had over 60 million weather readings from 150 countries uploaded to the site in its first year.
According to Charles Ewen, technology leader at the UK Met Office: “Putting accurate, timely and useful information in the hands of the public, government and business has long been a core part of the Met Office and new technologies, such as those used by the Met Office in WOW offer increasing opportunities for innovation, growth and greater public empowerment,” he said.
The Met Office has been able to interact with the global online weather community thanks to WOW which helps it engage with the public, including weather enthusiasts and students studying climate.
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