Improvements in Data Quality, Integration and Reliability: New Developments at the IRIS DMC
With the support of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and on behalf of the international seismological community, IRIS developed a Data Management Center (DMC; Ahern, 2003) that has for decades acted as a primary resource for seismic networks wishing to make their data broadly available, as well as a significant point of access for researchers and monitoring agencies worldwide that wish to access high quality data for a variety of purposes. Recently IRIS has taken significant new steps to improve the quality of and access to the services of the IRIS DMC. This paper highlights some of the current new efforts being undertaken by IRIS. The primary topics include (1) steps to improve reliability and consistency of access to IRIS data resources, (2) a comprehensive new approach to assessing the quality of seismological and other data, (3) working with international partners to federate seismological data access services, and finally (4) extensions of the federated concept to extend data access to data from other geoscience domains.