Friday, February 18, 2011


I knew this was coming: crowdsourcing climate data.
Data.Rescue@Home is an internet-based attempt to digitize historical weather data from all over the globe and make the digitised data available to everybody. Two projects are currently online: German radiosonde data form the Second World War and meteorological station data from Tulagi (Solomon Islands) for the first half of the 20th century.
You log in, look at a scanned image of an old weather record, and enter the data as numbers on a form. 

Not much progress yet. Up and running since October 2010, but only about 150 of 2000 scanned images have been coded. Where are the masses when you need them?

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