USA: Climate

Climate

http://www.climate.com

1. Implementation procedure

Name of the institution running website/application:The Climate Corporation in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency
Type of the institution running website/application:

an implementation carried out by a non-governmental institution or a private entity

Source of financing:

private resources - companies

Year of launching the website/application: 2006
Service's/application's rating:

2. Implementation's characteristics

Though developed by a private enterprise, this Climate application is based on public open data made available through the data.gov portal.

Its full functionality can be accessed through a smartphone application.

This application has been designed especially for farmers to help them protect and improve the efficiency of cultivation. Data offered by the application (described below) facilitates making decisions related to crop planning.

Functionality of the products offered as part of the service:

Climate Basic:

  • accessing meteorological data according to the current time, as well as historical data and forecasts – for the chosen area
  • receiving updated alerts about changing weather conditions
  • the possibility of adding new fields to the available online map
  • the opportunity to participate in the process of adding information and pictures to chosen locations on the map

Climate Pro (additional functions):

  • the possibility of analyzing the available nitrogen resources necessary for cultivating particular plants (based on data on the cultivation stage and weather conditions)
  • facilitating crop planning – based on contemporary and historical data on the quality of crops in this area (charts)

Climate Insurance – it is possible for users to cooperate with crop insurance agents. Through the service, agents receive alerts about the identified damages to crops.

The website features links to profiles on Facebook and Twitter of the enterprise that has developed the abovementioned applications. Published on these profiles are farming-related news, opinions of members of the Climate Corporation and announcements concerning enterprise-related events. Besides, the Climate website features the link to the enterprise’s YouTube account offering films with opinions from farmers who use the application and other services offered by Climate.

3. Detailed description categories

Type of the service's/application user:
  • G2C: citizens
The application service's usage area:
  • services: cooperation of institutions and citizens in the implementation of public tasks ("we inform, talk and cooperate")
A communication - an indication of all the media and dissemination
  • A website of the institution that provides application / solution eGov; includes a thematic section of the application
Access to the full functionality of the service
  1. Access to the service requires you to register your account on the site - registration requires a specific data
    • Name
    • Surname
    • email adress
    • password
Tracking of user's activity:
  • without verification / automatic verification
The service's/application's usage areas
  1. Environmental protection
  2. Open Data
Forms of interaction with users:
  1. RSS Channel
  2. Social networks (connected with Fb, Twitter, etc.)
  3. Search engine
  4. Video materials
  5. Use of open data provided by public institutions (open date)
  6. Interactive maps/maps integrated with Google Maps
  7. Transfer content - text, images, videos, etc.
Service's/Application's integration to social networking sites
  • Yes
Availability of service/application use instruction
Is the connection encrypted?
  • Yes

4. Service's/Application's integration with social networking sites

As for: 9.02.2015
Facebook number of fans: 33 649
Twitter number of followers: 5 681, number of tweets: 613
YouTube number of subscribers: 98, number of films: 18

5. Screen gallery

Homepage <<Strona główna>>

Login window <<Strona logowania>>

A page that enables users to: get an insight into fields (with outlined boundaries) update the available maps with new fields <<Strona, w ramach której użytkownik ma możliwość wglądu w poszczególne pola uprawne (z zaznaczonymi granicami) oraz aktualizacji mapy o nowe pola >>

A blog <<Blog>>