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NOAA is working to make all of its data available to an even wider group of people and make it more easily understood (Image: NOAA). The goal of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is to put all of its data — data about weather, climate, ocean coasts, fisheries, and ecosystems – into the hands of the people who need it most. The trick is translating the hard data and making it useful to people who aren’t necessarily subject matter experts, said Edward Kearns, the NOAA’s first ever data officer, speaking at the recent Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS).   NOAA’s mission is similar to NASA’s in that it is science based, but “our mission is operations; to get the quality information to the American people t…

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