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Met Office migrates to open source with 2ndQuadrant and PostgreSQL

UK National Weather service embraces Open Government initiatives with a switch to open source with help from 2ndQuadrant training

The Met Office is the UK’s weather service, providing data for many official sources. The agency has recently moved two of its major system over to the open source PostgreSQL, including the location management system Strabo the LIDAR data capture system. To help them with this, 2ndQuadrant is providing training and support.

James Tomkins, data services portfolio technical lead at the Met Office, commented: “Making data accessible and available is at the forefront of our ICT strategy so, following some refreshingly comprehensive training delivered by 2ndQuadrant experts deeply immersed in the PostgreSQL community, we trust them to help us change the software which stores our vast quantities of data.

“This is a titanic task which requires considerable investment in terms of time and training but, in the long run, simplifying our databases in this way will be cost effective.”

What are your thoughts on open government? Do you think we need more switches to take place?