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NOAA Expands Public Access to Big Data

Collaboration with Amazon Web Services enhances data access – “NOAA generates thousands of datasets as part of its mission to collect information on environments that span from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor. More than 68,000 datasets are made publicly available from NOAA with the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) providing access to more than half of those datasets. With such vast holdings, NOAA faces the challenge of providing access to the data in an efficient and scalable manner.

NOAA’s Big Data Project (BDP) helps address this challenge by collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft, and the Open Commons Consortium to host NOAA’s public data on their cloud platforms. By providing access to the data in this manner, the BDP aims to enhance data discoverability and accessibility, improve efficiency for NOAA and users, as well as spur innovation and economic growth. AWS helps the BDP to achieve these goals by hosting the data on its Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) cloud platform as part of its Public Dataset Program…”

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