In 2012, the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) started providing free access to most of its real-time data and historical observations. This marked a dramatic change in policy for the organization. Until then, most of its operational budget, excluding salaries, depended on the generation of income by billing for data and services. The IMS experience – the benefits and challenges of moving to a free data model – will catch the interest of other national meteorological services considering a similar move.
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