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ORFEUS organization

ORFEUS (Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology), is the non-profit foundation that aims at co-ordinating and promoting digital, broadband (BB) seismology in the European-Mediterranean area.

ORFEUS, founded in 1987, is funded and governed by corporate founders from 13 European countries forming the board of directors. Its activities are distributed between the ORFEUS Data Centre (ODC), gathering, archiving and providing waveform data, and four working groups, coordinating data availability and relevant developments. The daily activities are performed by its staff and steered by an executive Committee which is appointed by the Board of Directors. The ODC acts as regional data centre within the International Federation of Digital Seismograph Networks (FDSN) and is hosted by the seismological division of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) in The Netherlands.

ORFEUS operates under the auspices of the European Seismological Commission (ESC) and cooperates closely with its sister organization in Europe, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

ORFEUS currently coordinates archiving of and access to earthquake waveform data from seismic stations in the European Mediterranean region through a European Integrated Waveform Data Archive in Europe. ORFEUS coordinated the EC Infrastructure (I3) project NERIES (Network of Research Infrastructures for European Seismology) and is currently managing its successor, the EC Infrastructure project NERA.

In 2013 ORFEUS revised its data archiving infrastructure and organization into a coordinated distributed data archive system. A major component of this is the formal establishment of the European Integrated waveform Data Archives (EIDA). The founding group of EIDA nodes, formed in 2013, consists of ODC/ORFEUS, GEOFON/GFZ/Germany, SED/Switzerland, RESIF/INSU-CNRS/France, IPGP/France, INGV/Italy, BGR/Germany, IPGP/France and LMU/Germany.

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