Weather data collected by The Weather Company, including radar data, consumer data generated through mobile devices, location and human data.
The data is shared through a proprietary platform built using "open source software augmented with IBM governance products and internal components." A report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) in the UK describes the process for accessing relevant datasets: "A two-way agreement is required, with obligations and permissions on both sides. The agreement covers the data lifecycle and quality. The quality of data must be appropriate for its use, and the agreement addresses the data that it is blended with and its timeliness. Insufficient data quality may cause a new venture to fail. Data checking is automated wherever beneficial. Sometimes the contract is an agreement to exchange data between parties and no money changes hands. Contracts have Service Level Agreements (both internal and external) and the company operates legally within those parameters."
The purpose of this data collaboratives is to inform decision making in sectors where weather has an impact, such as aviation, agriculture, energy, finance, and retail. Report from RAENG provides some examples such as: - "For example, in aviation, airlines use TWC services for planning flights - weather data allows airlines to better estimate how much fuel to load. - In agriculture, farmers can better understand when crops are stressed. - In energy and utilities, weather data is used in outage prediction and recovery operations, in order to reduce the cost of storms and equipment failure."