WMO Metadata Workshop
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WMO Information System (WIS)
Impact on and benefits for WMO
FWIS concerns only telecommunication and data management functions of the WMO and does not affect the data processing components of any WMO Programme.
Provision of data and products on the basis of request/reply services would likely be the most significant addition.
Programmes would benefit from the services offered by FWIS for the implementation of their data exchange tasks.
For individual users, either a person or an institution, FWIS would provide a single entry point for any data request, be it on a routine basis by dissemination of certain user defined information sets or on an ad-hoc basis for a special data set.
By making use of off the shelf technologies of a lower cost, FWIS would allow least developed Members, for the first time, to actively participate in the WMO Programmes, specifically the WWW.
Dieter C. Schiessl, WMO, Feb 2004