[unav_all] Webinar: Incorporating IRIS-held data into research workflows (with an emphasis on command-line utilities and MATLAB integration)

Andy Frassetto andyf at iris.edu
Thu Oct 18 23:31:19 MDT 2012

Please consider attending a webinar on "Incorporating IRIS-held data 
into research workflows (with an emphasis on command-line utilities and 
MATLAB integration)" on October 30, 2012 from 2-3 pm EDT (5-6 pm UTC). 
This webinar is sponsored by the Early Career Investigators group: 

There are 100 spots available for attendees. To attend, register by 
entering your name and email here: 
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/623960882. You will then receive a 
confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
***This same email can be used to unreserve your spot if you ultimately 
cannot attend the webinar.***

The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing afterward. 
Following the presentation there will be the opportunity to direct 
questions to the speaker. More information on IRIS research webinars, 
including links to previously recorded presentations, may be found here: 

Please contact Andy Frassetto (andyf at iris.edu) with any additional 

Presenter: Celso Reyes, IRIS Data Management System

Summary: "Web service interfaces at the IRIS Data Management Center 
(DMC) provide access to a vast archive of seismological and related 
geophysical data. Programs that communicate with these web services 
facilitate access to this archive for users with diverse data needs. 
These range from simple one-off requests to feeding complex, automated 
data processing workflows. For example, one user might simply fill out a 
simple web-based form, to get a list of M greater than 8.0 earthquakes 
for a map. Another researcher might take advantage of the MATLAB 
interface to feed a study that involves analyzing hundreds of traces for 
earthquakes that meet certain criteria. Yet another user may use the 
Perl-based Fetch scripts to continually provide seismic data to a large, 
automated system.

In this webinar, we will explore two of the ways that researchers can 
bring IRIS DMC data directly into their workflows: command line Fetch 
scripts and irisFetch.m (MATLAB). Fetch scripts are well suited for 
integration into existing workflows on most operating systems. The 
MATLAB interfaces bring data from the DMC directly into MATLAB making 
them available for immediate use. Additional interfaces exist for Java 
and Python; although these will not be detailed here, the general 
concepts are still applicable.

Examples will access earthquake information (via the ws-event service) 
and timeseries data (via the ws-bulkdataselect & ws-station services).

To learn more about any of these clients see 

Usage details for the command line Fetch scripts can be found here:

Usage details, tutorials and documentation for the irisFetch.m MATLAB 
interface can be found here:

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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