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Technical Implementation Notice 16-37

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

940 AM EDT Mon Sep 19 2016


To:       Subscribers:

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS and NOS partners and NWS and NOS employees


From:     Michelle Mainelli

          Integrated Dissemination Program Manager

          Silver Spring, MD


Subject:  Washington GISC Data Center move

          and OpenWIS Software Upgrade: Effective

          September 16, 2016


In an effort to ensure compatibility with other operational

Global Information System Centers (GISC) and offer an enhanced

functionality in the GISC application, the Washington GISC will

be upgrading to OpenWIS version 3.14 and moving to the

operational data center running in College Park, MD. The change

in operational software version and physical location should be

transparent to users and will not result in changes to known

URLs associated with the Washington GISC. Users should not

expect to see any changes in their search and retrieval

experience. A 30-day sustainability test began Friday, September

16 at 3:00 PM EDT. Users are invited to test the system during

this 30 day period at the following url:


The purpose of this notice is to inform the OpenWIS user

community of these upcoming changes. The Washington GISC

currently runs operationally from Silver Spring, MD. On or about

October 17, 2016, the Washington GISC website may run

operationally from College Park, MD. 


Global Information System Centre (GISC) Washington users may

experience brief period of outages or data slowdowns during

system upgrades planned for October 17, 2016 between the hours

of 12Z and 20Z. During this window, GISC functions will be

transferred to new systems running at the NWS data center at

College Park, MD. While no actual outages are expected, there

may be brief periods when users may experience connection

problems and slow access to metadata records and data downloads.  


The GISC Washington Portal is at:


For questions regarding these changes, please contact:


    Kari Sheets

    Integrated Dissemination Program

    Bohemia, NY


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