Thursday, 16 April 2015 Website Launch

March 2015 saw the launch of the website by Jo Bates and Paula Goodale as part of the AHRC funded Secret Life of a Weather Datum project.

The project, which has been running over the last 15 months, aimed to pilot a new approach for better understanding and communicating how socio-cultural values and practices interact with the transformation of weather data on its journey from initial production at Sheffield’s Weston Park weather station through to re-use in climate science and financial markets. The project also explored the contribution of citizen science generated weather data to this data infrastructure. The team worked with a variety of organisations and projects including Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum, the Met Office, the Old Weather project and the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

The website that was developed as part of the project aims to present some of the initial findings of the project in an innovative way and incorporates original research data including audio recordings of interviews, photographs and links to full transcripts. Much of the original research data is also available on the Internet Archive.

The launch event held in March included presentations from the project team, Joan Arthur (Old Weather project citizen scientist) and Danny Antrobus (Open Data Sheffield), as well as a workshop on developing the impact of the project, and a panel discussion featuring Prof. Helen Kennedy (Sheffield), Danny Antrobus (Open data Sheffield) and Prof. Andrew Prescott (AHRC/Glasgow). 

Secret Life of a Weather Datum end of project event from lifeofdata

The team have Storified the day’s discussion if you are interested in finding out more.

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