Met Office extends application program interfaces with CA Technologies
The Met Office is planning to use application program interface (API) management software from CA Technologies to develop digital weather information services, opening up data to share securely with business partners.
Using API management – which will provide controlled access to data locked in the organisation’s systems – the Met Office hopes to build new revenue streams.
The Met Office already runs a beta weather data service called DataPoint, which provides free data feeds in a format suitable for application developers. Anyone looking to re-use Met Office data in their own applications – such as the scientific community, student and amateur developers – can useDataPoint.
The Met Office also offers its Weather Observation Website (WOW), for bulk uploading weather-related data.
The Met Office’s director of IT, Charlie Ewen, said: “The Met Office combines the latest science with ground-breaking advances in technology and local understanding to deliver operational advantage to our customers. We need to have the necessary knowledge, experience and flexibility to apply our science across business and government, to manage risks and opportunities as they arise from our weather.”
As data volumes grow, some organisations such as the Met Office are generating big data that is too big to effectively widely distribute, as the verbosity and frequency of production outstrip the network infrastructure to move it. Ewen said APIs offer selectivity in the data required in a given application, and allows a more efficient use of limited network infrastructure.
He said: “CA's API management will underpin the next generation of Met Office services, allowing the organisation to safely share its data and applications with partners, developers, mobile apps and cloud services.”
Using API Management from CA Technologies builds on DataPoint, the Met Office’s first pilot public, free API. Ewen said: “As we develop our range of data, content, forecasts delivered via APIs we intend to provide a single point of access to them. This may involve changing the scope of data and content available via DataPoint and/or WOW to create a more consolidated and simple means of access.”