In approximately one month, the FDSN will meet and conduct business
at the IUGG meeting in Kobe, Japan. With this email, I want to inform
you of a few items related to the FDSN meetings.
1. The FDSN plenary sessions will take place on July 30 and August 4.
The working-group meetings are on the days in between. I encourage
you to attend and participate in these meetings. Several items will
be voted on at the Plenary Sessions, including new FDSN members and
elections to positions to the Executive Committee. Your participation
in these governance activities is much appreciated.
2. If you are receiving this email, and you are not the current
institutional representative for your organization to the FDSN, it
would be very much appreciated if you could inform us of this. It is
a challenge to maintain contact information, and we are striving to
bring the FDSN membership information up to date.
3. Promoting and facilitating open access to seismological data are
goals of the FDSN. In advance of the FDSN meeting, I encourage all
of you who are network or data-center operators to take a moment
to review how your network is sharing data with the broader
a. Do you have a policy and and a method in
place to allow sharing of your data?
b. Are your data available and discoverable from
your own data center or from some
other data center (e.g., IRIS, ORFEUS, GFZ, RESIF,…)?
c. Is the station information available to data users
up to date?
4. The concept of linked or "federated" data centers is becoming
a reality for FDSN Data Centers. The status of a pilot effort to
monitor the status of FDSN Federated Centers can be found here: http://ds.iris.edu/files/stats/datacenters/
There will discussions of FDSN Data Center Federation efforts at
both the plenary sessions and in the meeting of Working Group III.
5. Information about the FDSN is available at www.fdsn.org.