Managing Waveform Data and Related Metadata for Seismic Networks

Kuwait City, Kuwait

2013-01-14 — 2013-01-18

Background Information


The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Data Management System (DMS) and the FDSN are organizing a workshop focused on the management of metadata and time series data from seismological networks. The goal is to enable open data sharing and exchange of ideas between networks in the focus area as well as with the broader global seismological community.

The workshop is immediately followed by a four–day Advanced Studies Institute on Seismological Research.

You must register for each workshop individually.


Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research


The objective of the workshop is to assist operators of seismic networks in the generation of metadata that describes their seismic stations. We shall provide training in a variety of areas including; modern seismometry, modern data acquisition systems, digital filtering theory, quality assurance of seismological data, and how modern seismological data are used to study diverse scientific problems as well as monitoring seismicity. The primary goal of the workshop is related to the generation of the metadata needed to describe their networks using the Portable Data Collection Center (PDCC) application. We expect participants to come away from the workshop with all the necessary knowledge to set up and maintain their own database and to link their network to the growing global network for data access.

Group photo
Group photo


Network representatives MUST provide a summary of their seismic network and present an Oral Report at the workshop.


Due to the size constraints of our facilities, our class size will be limited to 35 persons. Applicants from Africa and the Middle East will receive priority, as this is the focus area for this workshop.

The IRIS DMS will arrange hotels room and air tickets. Participants will be asked to share a hotel room with one other participant. Upgrades to a single room are possible, but participants would be responsible for the cost difference.

Visas and entry requirements will need to be arranged by the participant.

Letters of Invitation will be sent by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

Financial Support

There will be no registration fee. Further, financial support is available from IRIS and co–sponsors. Covered expenses may include the costs of air travel, transfer from the airport to the hotel, hotel accommodation (double occupancy), and cost of meals.

Advanced Studies Institute

IRIS is also organizing a four–day Advanced Studies Institute to be held January 19–22, 2013. The meeting immediately follows the IRIS Metadata Workshop.

Location Details

Hotel to be updated.

Technical Requirements

Participants MUST be able to bring their own laptops to the workshop. Laptops are REQUIRED to meet one of the specifics listed below:

Machine and OS requirements

  • Mac: Intel–based CPU with 2GB RAM minimum
    • 100 GB of disk space recommended
    • A spare USB port
    • Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Windows: Intel 2.4 GHz or equivalent with 2GB RAM minimum.
    • 100 GB of disk space recommended
    • A spare USB port
    • XP–SP3 minimum. Vista or Windows 7 recommended
  • Linux: Intel 2.4 GHz or equivalent with 2GB RAM minimum.
    • 100 GB of disk space recommended
    • A spare USB port
    • Linux OS with 2.6.32 kernel or later. (e.g. Ubuntu 10.04 or later)

Java Requirements

  • Java 1.6.0 or later


Data Management System (DMS) , International Federation of Digital Seismograph Networks (FDSN) , IASPEI , Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research , National Science Foundation (NSF) and Orfeus Data Center .

Important Dates and Venue

2013-01-14 — 2013-01-18

Workshop will be held in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Workshop Contacts

NSF SAGE Contact(s)

Local Contact(s)

  • No local contact defined.
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