Dear IRIS Community-
As initially announced in our Winter Data Services newsletter, IRIS Data Services has begun a project to introduce user identification to seismic data access.
We expect that by the end of June we will begin to require most users to have a login account to gain access to raw seismic data. We will be making some exceptions for Public Interest applications, classrooms, and registered automated utilities with special pre-registered provisions and minor-usage allowances that will not require a personal login to access.
We are currently completing the first phase of our development plan, which expands upon the web site login that IRIS already has in place. Our plan is to expand the choices you have for login accounts; most especially to be able to use your university credentials. We will also begin to form user profiles through tools and facilities on our web site.
Any registered user will have access to open, non-restricted data, just as before. The mechanics for access will simply require a username and password to be provided in your query.
( more information on authenticated access can be found at our 'dataselect' web service page:
Our goal is to make this transition as painless as possible for the researcher as well as for the developers of software that accesses data from IRIS. We expect that there will be few changes required to software that accesses IRIS data with our current designs. For those with special needs such as kiosks, displays, and classroom settings, we will provide special registrations to allow such tools unfettered, anonymized access.
Future email notices will provide details on what to expect, what the release timeline looks like, and what changes in your routines will be required. Our intention is to make the impact of this change on your work as small as possible.
If you have questions or comments on this topic, please direct them to <webmaster<at>iris.washington.edu <webmaster<at>iris.washington.edu>>.
IRIS Data Services