by J. Carl Stepp
J. Carl Stepp (2001). Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems. SMIP01
Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 122 - 130.
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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.