Innovating with environmental dataBy Digital Catapult
Setting data free allows companies and individuals to develop analytical tools that figure out connections. Providing this through an open platform, with focus on collaborative work and user empowerment, provides a route towards products and solutions that have significant social impact.
The Digital Catapult Centre is a new initiative that seeks to unlock this big data potential, both with open sources and through providing a secure environment that allows proprietary corporate data to be released publicly. The Centre’s aim is to drive economic growth in the UK, and help data innovators bring new products and services to market through building platforms and programmes.
One such platform under development is the Environmental Data Exchange (EDX), a free service that makes available reams of environmental data to help our society better understand the world around us, and enables innovative projects to help us reduce our environmental impact.
Current EDX sources include organisations such as the Met Office, DEFRA, the World Bank, the Environment Agency, the National Grid and DECC. An API for software development is on the way through the EDX roadmap, and the exchange is actively looking for new datasets to onboard and index.
The overall aim is to build and support a community of users around EDX who can advance ideas using valuable, accurate data. End users include start-ups that can use the information to work at speed with reduced risk, and focus resources on solving real, data-driven problems.
EDX is providing a valuable service that opens up data points on our environment – with massive potential for positive community results. The datasets are available through their website, so stop by, take a look, and see if any of them are useful.
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Last updated: 10th of September, 2015