International Federation of Digital Seismograph Networks

FDSN Working Group II: Data Exchange

The Working Group on data exchange started in 1992 as a follow up to the Working Group on data collection and exchange formats. The latter was chaired by Jim Scheimer (1986-1989) and Ray Buland (1989-1992) and focused on the definition of the Standard for the Exchange of Earthquake Data (SEED) format. SEED has since been accepted by all major broad-band networks. After this task was completed, it was decided to enlarge the scope of the group to general data exchange issues. Since 1992 major topics have been:

  • definition of data request managers (like autodrm)
  • definition and implementation of the Networked Data Center (NetDC) concept
  • coordination of data flow for the production of FDSN CD-ROMs containing event oriented data (event criteria and production schedule for data collection)
  • coordination of quality control procedures for FDSN data
  • compilation of a station book
  • further development of SEED

Working Group II Defined Formats


Working Group II Meetings

YearLocationWorking Group Chair
2017 Kobe, Japan Reinoud Sleeman
2015 Prague, Czech Republic Reinoud Sleeman
2009 Cape Town, South Africa Bernard Dost

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