Social networking and the weather

Date:
Tuesday 11 September 2012

Time:
6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

Venue:
BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Speaker:
Paul Craig

The UK Met Office operates a network of over 200 weather observing stations throughout the nation. However, these stations do not cover every corner of the nation. For a long time, weather enthusiasts across the UK have offered their own data to the Met Office but they have had no way of receiving and processing it.

So the Met Office decided to set up a social network for weather observations to leverage data captured by weather enthusiasts. With the support and backing of both the UK Department for Education and the Royal Meteorological Society (the society for anyone whose profession or interests are connected with weather), the Met Office launched a Weather Observations Website (WOW). The goal of WOW was to enable the public to provide local weather data in areas that were currently not being covered by the Met Office and to share this information with other professional and amateur weather enthusiasts through the website.

The Met Office's vision was to create the leading global online weather community where weather enthusiasts can share their weather information with others in the UK and globally. It was also expected that the website would encourage further growth in the weather observing community and help educate children about the weather.

Paul Craig will describe how the project was delivered using Agile techniques, the challenges, successes and lessons learned from the project.

About the Speaker:

Paul Craig is one of PA's rapid IT experts with over 17 years of leading teams to build software solutions in days rather than months. As well as Agile IT delivery, he has a track record of helping companies rescue failing IT projects and providing advice on the right way to develop and deploy IT solutions for organisations like the Met Office, AstraZeneca and the NHS. Paul leads PA's cloud development capability and PA's demonstrator delivery capability.

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