National Weather Service embraces "Open Internet-Based Standards"
More encouraging open standards news, this time from the venerable National Weather Service (NWS), which operates under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S. Dept of Commerce.
As reported in xml.coverpages.org, "New National Weather Service Policy Supports Open Internet-Based Standards," providing a formal basis for distribution of weather information, climate information, forecasts, and warnings in XML format to the public. An excerpt:
Section 5 of the NOAA Policy, "Commitment to Open Internet-Based Standards for Information Sharing," addresses the need to move away from "community-unique data formats" used previously to distribute NOAA environmental information: "for those not already using them, learning and developing programs to access these community-unique formats is a formidable task, both in learning about the formats and in creating custom code to process them, since few resources are available. The use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) and other open standards lowers the barriers to entry in the commercial marketplace, as pointed out in [the] comment from the Center for Democracy and Technology."