Virtual Data Center, Consortium of Organizations for Strong-Motion Observation Systems

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Development of COSMOS is continuing with a number of activities and initiatives. A workshop on “Instrumental Systems for Diagnostics of Seismic Response of Bridges and Dams” was successfully held and “Recommended Guidelines” were published. The COSMOS Strong Motion Programs Board completed the guideline “Guidelines for Advanced National Seismic System Strong Motion Station Installation” with funding provided by the U. S. Geological Survey. Development of the COSMOS Strong Motion Virtual Data Center (VDC) is continuing on four fronts: improvement of the user interface to make data more accessible for users; the COSMOS strong motion data format has been approved as a standard; data being held directly in the VDC continue to be expanded; and work is being initiated to develop a mirror sites. Two workshops are in planning: “Archiving and Web Dissemination of Geotechnical Data” is scheduled to be held on October 4 and 5, 2001; and, “Strong Motion Instrumentation of Buildings” is scheduled to be held on November 14 and 15, 2001. In an effort to expand strong motion recording in earthquake prone areas of the world that have few or no current strong motion stations, COSMOS and the World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) have entered into an agreement to facilitate deployment of surplus instruments.

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