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The "Internet of Things" (IoT) revolution is about the world of sensors, software, and electronics. It allows for ubiquitous, low-cost, and high quality measurements of many things, including our Earth system. Due to low cost-barriers, these sensing systems are now broadly accessible to many communities. We hope that openIoTwx can continue piquing new interest in measurements and data relating to the all aspects of our environment around us. We advise all members of our community to review and regularly reflect on the core ideals outlined here.

The goals and core ideals of the openIoTwx project is to advance low cost IoT based geoscience observational projects via four objectives that align with and build upon the National Science Foundation's (NSF) investments in the EarthCube Community, ACCESS/Jetstream, 3D printed weather stations (aka "openIoTWx") and future needs:

(1) create an open, diverse, community-driven and community-managed ecosystem to empower fledgling open source sensor projects for open environmental sensing.

(2) implement an efficient, scalable, and simplified open project submission and contribution framework to provide equitable access across disciplines, stakeholders, institutions, and demographics to grow a community managed suite of open source IoT observational sensor network projects;

(3) building upon NSF’s Cloud-Hosted Real-time Data Services for the Geosciences (CHORDS) and other components, develop a robust, decentralized, and flexible community software contribution platform to bring the open source project development and design cycle into a new collaborative and cooperative environment to spur sustainable community growth;

(4) provide cyber-infrastructure (CI) integration through the ACCESS innovation pilot program to manage dataflows, analysis, address artificial intelligence and machine learning of earth science time series streams, creating open source community deployments that are accessible while recognizing and honoring data sovereignty aspects of our communities.

Opensource is at our core

Our community holds the ideals of open source technology very close (for more see openIoTwx broadly promotes the MIT open source license and is accessible to all for non-commercial use. Open source is an important ideal for our community because it facilitates community engagement, provides transparency that builds trust and encourages sharing of data, code, hardware community earth system science data and ideas.


We are committed to the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse (FAIR) of all digital assets (see needed to design, modify, build, deploy, analyze and archive the openIoTwx station. The FAIR principle as defined by GO-FAIR.ORG is a core value that will help make this community open and accessible to all.

We balance adherence to FAIR principles with CARE ( or Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, and Ethics. This is important for our community members from tribal communities and other marginalized groups. Please review the CARE principle summary as linked above.


Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a specific right that pertains to indigenous peoples and is recognised in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It allows them to give or withhold consent to a project that may affect them or their territories. This is another core ideal of the openIoTwx community and should also be reviewed. (for more see