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Met Office shows some open source love for space weather project

The Inquirer - The UK's National Weather Service the Met Office is flying the open source flag, favouring it for major projects like the prediction of "space weather".

The Met Office's portfolio technical lead James Tomkins told The INQUIRER that open source software is growing in importance for the weather service. "Open source has become an increasing opportunity for us," he explained. "The government was looking for a way to try and reduce its bills and that's something we really embraced over the last couple of years."

In its most recent undertaking, the Met Office has been tasked with forecasting space weather events like the sun's solar flares and solar wind, which can have dramatic effects on infrastructure such as electricity grids, GPS and mobile communications. To help with the task, the the organisation has employed open source NoSQL database software MongoDB.