Currently, there is no central database for space weather researchers and forecasters to ascertain observed space weather events. Instead, data is being recorded by scientists in a blog; however, this information is not easily searchable.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center developed the Space Weather Database Of Notifications, Knowledge, Information (DONKI) that builds a catalog of past, present, ongoing, and expected space weather events. This innovation is a database where weather events are entered and linkages, relationships, and causes and effects among various space weather events are recorded.

The catalog contains both forecaster logs and notifications. DONKI version 2.0 has a comprehensive web-service API access for users to obtain space weather events stored in the database. The database consists of a back end and a web application. The database uses a framework that allows modularization of code and promotes code reuse.

DONKI is the first application to allow space weather scientists to store all space weather events in one centralized data center.

NASA is actively seeking licensees to commercialize this technology. Please contact NASA’s Licensing Concierge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 202-358-7432 to initiate licensing discussions. Follow this link here  for more information.


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