Proposal talk:Weather tracking

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How does importing weather data from publicly available sources help the public over simply allowing them to go directly to those sources? --Gmaxwell 23:12, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

For one, it would make Wikinews more attractive as a news portal, if at the least visitors could expect up-to-date weather information in addition the the variable quantity and quality of other news content.--ragesoss 04:41, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
Publicly available sources make current data freely available. If you want historical data you either start collecting it as soon as possible and build your own archive - or you have to pay when you get to a point where you want the data.
If you wish to perform any operation on the data related to other content stored in WMF projects it will be inconvenient to be drawing from two separate systems that could well be thousands of miles apart. --Brian McNeil 13:47, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

I quite like this idea – one of the more interesting proposals yet I think. –Juliancolton | Talk 14:20, 15 August 2009 (UTC)


Some proposals will have massive impact on end-users, including non-editors. Some will have minimal impact. What will be the impact of this proposal on our end-users? -- Philippe 00:18, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

I believe the impact here will initially fall on contributors. When weather data is available it will need integrated into the various projects and made available to non-editors. So, for Wikinews, there would be a requirement to alter portal pages to display current weather conditions. Following that you get the impact on non-editors who will now be able to access the information. --Brian McNeil 10:39, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Separate project?

Moved from m:WikiWeather

WikiWeather is a proposal for a new Wikimedia project.It is not just a page many people visit in order to get informed about weather predictions. This is much more. Let's imagine you visit WikiWeather. It offers you something like a map, you select the region. Next you can not only view the weather for today and next days. You can view people's opinions on it, recent photos and even recent videos. All these kind of information will be provided by a lot of volunteers that Wikimedia has managed to gather. WikiWeather has the potential to offer people all over the world priceless information. You can get the information about the weather just by reading volunteer's opinions, looking at photos that were taken recently taken by some volunteers or watching recently shot videos. More than that, with some support, WikiWeather can offer the visitors acces to live webcams in order to see what's happening at a certain moment of time in a specific region. Of course WikiWeather will offer the visitors strict information, as you can see on every weather forecast website.

I'm in, if anyone else seems interested. Tofutwitch11 14:54, 13 January 2011 (UTC)