Old Weather is a collaboration between a diverse collection of people and institutions. You can meet the team here.
The Citizen Science Alliance is a transatlantic collaboration of universities and museums who are dedicated to involving everyone in the process of science. Growing out of the wildly successful Galaxy Zoo project, it builds and maintains the Zooniverse network of projects, of which Old Weather is part.
The University of Oxford is the oldest in the English-speaking world having been founded in the 11th or 12th centuries. Today, it combines research in the humanities with major effort in the natural sciences and medicine. Climate initiatives include the program on modeling and predicting climate change, part of the Oxford Martin Schools and Climateprediction.net.
The international Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) initiative links projects recovering and improving the quantity and quality of historical global weather observations over the last 200 or so years, to global weather and climate reanalysis or reconstructions assimilating these weather data, in order to facilitate the use of these reconstructions across all disciplines and user communities world wide. Old Weather is part of the international outreach arm of ACRE.
The Met Office is the UK's national weather service and one of the world's leading providers of climate services. We support a large number of customers in many different sectors, including civil aviation, defence and industry. We also supply weather and climate data along with our products and services to many countries throughout the world.
The Met Office Hadley Centre is a world-leader in climate research. It plays a central role in providing the scientific evidence of climate change to inform the UK Government and international negotiations on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
Strong collaborations and partnerships, nationally and internationally, are integral to the future success of the Met Office Hadley Centre, which makes major contributions to climate research projects and, importantly, the latest assessments from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
An independent review of the Met Office Hadley Centre, commissioned by the UK Government in 2007, concluded that: 'It is beyond dispute that the Met Office Hadley Centre occupies a position at the pinnacle of world climate science and in translating that science into policy advice.
Naval-History.Net of Penarth, UK, was started in 1998 by Gordon Smith with his first two published books. Now one of the premier naval history sites on the web with 5,000 visitors daily, it is internationally recognised for the quality of its contributions, such as Don Kindell's Royal Navy casualties lists, 1914 to the present. Recently moving into on-demand publishing, one of its first books has been shortlisted for the 2010 Mountbatten Award of the Maritime Foundation.
More and more people are fascinated by their past, and family history is big business. Much of the interest is in the military or naval background of relatives and friends. Go back to the start of World War 2 and there is plenty of information. To World War 1 and the Army, almost as much. But not with the Navy. With the "Senior Service", World War 1 was the Battle of Jutland and almost nothing else. But it wasn't. The "War to End All Wars" was as much a maritime struggle as its successor only 20 years later. But there is so little information on the hundreds of ships and tens of thousands of men who served. This is now going to change fundamentally as the day-by-day story of 280 warships and auxiliaries across all the oceans of the world is digitised through the Old Weather project. As the centenary of World War 1 approaches, Naval-History.Net is proud to be part of this imaginative approach to researching history. We look forward to publishing the results online at www.naval-history.net in the coming months.
The National Maritime Museum is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and incorporates the Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian Line. The Museum's collection of manuscripts is the largest and most important dedicated archive for the study of maritime history in the world. The collection occupies over four linear miles of shelf space and covers all aspects of British seafaring history from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
This project is part of the JISC’s Developing Community Content programme. The programme has funded ten projects at UK universities to create and use digital content that is useful not only for those involved in Higher Education, but also for various communities within the broader general public.
Community flood archive enhancement through storytelling (Co-FAST) - University of Gloucestershire. Exploring residents' opinions and thoughts on the nature of flooding in Gloucestershire - visit project.
Addressing History - EDINA at the University of Edinburgh. Putting together street names and historical maps from eighteenth and nineteenth-century Edinburgh - visit project.
GaleriCymru - Coleg Harlech. Developing an interactive site to allow for the contribution and self-evaluation from extra mural groups studying art courses in North Wales - visit project.
Mass Observation Communities Online - University of Sussex. Engaging a variety of community and volunteer groups to make contributions to the Mass Observation Archive - visit project.
Digitising data for disparate communities: Naval history and climate science - University of Oxford. Using crowdsourcing techniques to transcribe meteorological reports from the Royal Navy, 1914-1923 - (this project).
Strandlines - King's College London. Working with the disparate communities and groups that work and live in one street in central London - more details
MyLeicestershire - University of Leicester. Working with community groups, organisations and individuals to make openly available hidden treasures concerning the county of Leicestershire - visit project.
Community Cafe - University of Southampton. Engaging local communities in Southampton in the co-creation of online cultural and language materials - visit project.
OurWikiBooks - University of Manchester. Co-developing, with teachers and GCSE and A-level students, a new digital collection of key concerns and knowledge in computing education - more details.
Welsh Voices of the Great War in Wales - Cardiff University. Working with families of those in Wales who fought in the Great War, to collect and make available online the range of artefacts that are held in private hands - visit project.
Media and Memory in Wales, 1950-2000 - Aberystwyth University. Collecting oral testimony relating to the age of television in Wales, focussing on memories of significant televisual moments in politics and culture - more details.
RunCoCo - University of Oxford. A support project to develop the software and expertise from the Oxford Great War Archive project so that similar community collection projects can be run - visit project.