COMMpla is thrilled to have been awarded ECMWF’s tender for providing UX research, analysis and recommendations to ease overall access to the organisation's impressive wealth of historical and real-time meteorological data in ECMWF’s upcoming Unified Data Portal.
Our team is excited by the opportunity to take part in a project that is related to the EU’s vision of a greener future and the overall climate crisis. The European Green Deal is centred around the goal of making Europe a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. One of the main pillars in achieving this is fostering innovation and supporting the industry. Making the required changes means that everyone should be included. This is why creating a single, easy to navigate meteorological data portal that can be used by multiple stakeholders, including citizen scientists and the general public is crucial to make the EU’s economy sustainable.
COMMpla’s role in this UX project is key in boosting ECMWF’s potential to impact climate change. Quick, easy access to free meteorological data is integral to combating the current climate crisis, and as Carlo Buontempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service highlights.
“Accurate, quality assured and freely available environmental data from ECMWF’s Copernicus Services supports policymakers and businesses throughout the European Union with the information, evidence and tools to make climate smart decisions”.
Carlo Buontempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service highlights
The design of the new unified ECMWF data portal will become the single interface for accessing the various data sources provided by the different ECMWF services. The aim is therefore to unify access to this data with a centralised access point to enable users to search for, explore, "buy", configure, and download meteorological data. COMMpla applies to this project the latest principles of software development, adopting an agile approach while using tools for continuous integration and continuous delivery.
COMMpla has already begun work towards meeting this challenge in the gathering and analysis of extensive qualitative and quantitative data, so as to be able to provide a fully data-driven UX Report based upon findings. This has included UX benchmark analyses of websites within the industry, in-depth analysis of existing user behaviour data, user surveys and interviews, user workshops and more.
The results of these activities will inform the suggested UX design and overall UX recommendations that COMMpla will make to ECMWF, which they will implement going forward.