by Tony Shakal and Roger Borcherdt
Shakal, Tony, and Roger Borcherdt (1999). Toward a Common Format for Strong-Motion Data. SMIP99
Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 121 - 134.
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The need for a common format for the earthquake engineering use of strong-motion data
has become increasingly apparent during the last several years. An early goal of the
Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems is the development
of a consensus format for data products. The current number and variety of formats arose
largely through the nature of the growth of strong motion recording and processing. As
new networks or processing facilities began many produced data in a format of their own
convenience since no standard had been established. As a first step toward developing a
common format, a Format Working Group met at PEER in January 1999.
The introduction of new standard formats should bear positive results in data exchange
for both the data-producing organizations and the data users. A common format does not
bar the use of individual formats by data producers, but rather provides for a common,
minimum basic format for use of strong-motion data in earthquake engineering. Once a
common format achieves adequate consensus, converters are planned to be made
available at the COSMOS Virtual Data Center which will perform translations of data
formats, so that from a user perspective, the data will appear to be all of one "virtual"