On the Development of "User-Friendly" Interfaces for the Use of Strong-Motion Data on the Internet

by Roger Borcherdt and Tony Shakal

Borcherdt, Roger, and Tony Shakal (1999). On the Development of "User-Friendly" Interfaces for the Use of Strong-Motion Data on the Internet. SMIP99 Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 135 - 144.

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Public earthquake safety must necessarily be based on measurements in and of the built environment to damaging earthquake ground motions. Development of procedures for data archival and dissemination, based on rapidly evolving modern computer technology, can significantly improve data accessibility and usability for purposes of improving construction of an earthquake resistant environment. An essential component of such procedures is a flexible data format structure that will facilitate data archival and dissemination to a wide variety of research and practicing communities focused on improving public earthquake safety. It must be a structure that provides a standard for archive and exchange of data with other data centers, yet a structure that will permit the data to be retrieved and analyzed in a variety of "user-friendly" forms on the Web. Examples illustrating possible future "user-friendly" interfaces for presentation and analysis of strong-motion data are presented. The examples presented are intended to suggest a direction for development of "user-friendly" interfaces to facilitate dissemination and use of strong-motion measurements of the built environment for purposes of public safety. Pursuit of this objective, taking advantage of advances in computer technology and the Internet is an important goal of COSMOS.