Germany: Software developers and hobby meteorologists can now create new applications with data from the German Weather Service. These are provided as OpenData – only the name of the usage conditions sounds initially somewhat bureaucratic.
The German Weather Service will provide a large part of the collected data as OpenData free of charge. The service responds to an amendment to the Act on the Service, which entered into force on 25 July 2017.
According to German Meteorological Office (DWD), numerous data such as model predictions, radar data as well as current measurement and observation data are available at https://opendata.dwd.de. A “large number” of climatic data should also be available there. Alternatively, the climate data are also provided via an FTP server. Some data should be made available according to the rules of the Open Geospatial Consortium. Registration for the Open Data Portal is not necessary.
The geo-data provided may be used in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance for the Determination of the Usage Regulations for the Provision of Geodata of the Federation. This provides for a source specification, which should be linked” to the data in an optical context”. In addition “changes, edits, new designs or other modifications” would have to be indicated with an indication in the source note.
For further use, it would be easier for the data to be passed on under an established license, the Federal Government had specifically developed an open-data license based on Creative Commons based on its Creative Commons.
To keep up-to-date with new developments, subscribe the corresponding RSS feed of DWD, a complete list of the data provided is available in the Open Data performance directory.