The future way to bring authoritative weather data to a variety of user groups.


Since 2008 ask – Innovative Visualisierungslösungen GmbH contributes to the design, development and commissioning of DWD’s GISC Offenbach (global WMO Information System WIS). In charge of managing a catalogue of over 150.000 metadata.

By September 2011 DWD started operations of the first central node of the global WMO Information System WIS (GISC). As a result, the system helps National Meteorological Services, research facilities and civil services to find, subscribe to and use relevant meteorological and climatological data.

WIS 2.0

The WMO Information System (WIS) is a project designed to enhance WMO’’s existing Global Telecommunication System (GTS) and to establish a common ICT infrastructure for all WMO programmes and related international initiatives.

Consequently, WIS is based on industry standards and off-the-shelf systems to ensure cost effectiveness and interoperability. Therefore, data is described using metadata standards based on ISO191** series and INSPIRE. Serving as a meteorological part of GEOSS (Global EarthObservation System of Systems) and offering access to meteorological data for GEOSS users outside the WMO.

Since 2018 ask – Innovative Visualisierungslösungen GmbH supports DWD in the development of WIS 2.0. A system that will change how data moves around the globe and reaches end users. Based on modern, web-based messaging protocols in conjunction with open standards, In that sense, WIS 2.0 will allow all information providers to manage, publish and share their data more easily. By integrating with social platforms and by providing seamless access to diverse information in a variety of formats, WIS 2.0 shall appeal to a wider range of users, offering new ways to interact with meteorological data.


  • Analysis of WMO and User requirements
  • Analysis of existing solutions
  • Conceptual design
  • Software Development and commissioning
  • Adaption of Open-Source software to DWD’s needs
  • Implementation of system monitoring tools
  • Test planning and test execution
  • Support during WMO conferences and audit procedures
  • Training of System at DWD to operate and monitor DWD-GISC Offenbach
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