Using Web Services and Open Geospatial Tools to Modernize the Aviationweather.gov Website
New FAA (NextGen) and NWS (Weather Ready Nation) strategic priorities have resulted in an evolution of the Aviation Weather Center's mission that promotes the use of web services aimed at delivering operational Interactive decision support services. This requires several steps for the AWC which include an easy-to-maintain data back-end leveraging ADDS (Aviation Digital Data Service), formatting the data for efficient and reliable delivery to the browser, better support for domestic and especially international customers, better support for mobile devices, the application of modern Open Geospatial Consortium standards, and the upgrade of the Aviation Weather website to incorporate these new tools. The new website was debuted at last year's Oshkosh air show as a way of getting immediate user feedback on many of the changes. The opinions were strongly positive and the user feedback was incorporated into the website for its operational release in March of this year.