Many of the citizen science projects covered on this site are designed to allow anyone to participate. This week, I have one that is designed to pique the interest of those of you in IT: the computer scientists, the developers, and the people who like to think in terms of big data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.
In the Climate Resilience Data Challenge, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) want to know how you want to access the boat-loads of data they have available. They are offering cash prizes in this challenge.
“We need tools that utilize big data to help our local communities improve climate resilience, save our ecosystems, and prepare for climate change,” say challenge organizers. “We have climate data that is free and accessible, but much of it is not available through web services.”
In this “ideation” phase, the agencies involved want to know what data infrastructure you need and how you would use it infrastructure to create services and apps. What would you do if you didn’t need to download code or data? Which data sources would you use?
“With growing climate risk, it is evermore necessary to grow innovative capacity for resilience and adaptation. Using open climate data, imagine the possibilities of new applications that could fuel climate resilience efforts for communities and ecosystems as well as empower people to make smart decisions for the future. NASA and USGS invite you to take a step toward resilience by imagining solutions to our planet’s complex climate risks.”
Registration opens on Monday, December 15th. You can learn more about the individual parts of the challenge by clicking the links at the bottom of the Challenge page. Meanwhile, take a moment to check out some of the other open innovation challenges at the TopCoder site.