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Clearing the path to seismological data

Would you like to know what’s shaking? Then ORFEUS is the place to be!

The Observatories & Research Facilities for European Seismology (ORFEUS) is a non-profit foundation to coordinate and promote digital, broadband seismology in the European-Mediterranean area. The data infrastructure, called ORFEUS-EIDA, federates eleven European seismological data centres into a common framework. It collects and archives data from geophysical instruments like broadband sensors, short period sensors, accelerometers, and infrasound sensors.

Currently the ORFEUS-EIDA research data infrastructure contains more than 400TB of primary data holdings (above an image showing part of the 8512 EIDA stations). The amount of data is increasing steadily, attracting a growing number of seismologists counting hundreds of users in the scientific community, who perform tens of millions of data requests every year.

Nevertheless, much more can be done to increase the value and accessibility of this seismological data further.

This is where the EOSC-hub project comes in. Research & education networks contribute to the EOSC-hub project, among them European GÉANT, Danish DeiC and Finnish CSC. Read how in the latest In The Field blog post.