Development of a Flexible Multi-Channel Spatiotemporal Geophysical HDF5 Data Format Supporting FAIR

Science Center Objects

A unique opportunity for USGS to collaborate with IRIS-PASSCAL (the national seismic instrument facility) has presented itself to develop a geophysical data archive format that follows FAIR principles. IRIS-PASSCAL is extending facility to include magnetotelluric (MT) instruments prescribing the need for them to archive collected MT data by extending their existing protocol. Concurrently, Con...

A unique opportunity for USGS to collaborate with IRIS-PASSCAL (the national seismic instrument facility) has presented itself to develop a geophysical data archive format that follows FAIR principles.  IRIS-PASSCAL is extending facility to include magnetotelluric (MT) instruments prescribing the need for them to archive collected MT data by extending their existing protocol.  Concurrently, Congress has mandated the USGS to collect nationwide MT data (5000 stations) which will all need to be archived under FAIR principles.  In collaboration with IRIS-PASSCAL, we propose to develop a generalized HDF5 format for archiving MT data which can easily be extended to other geophysical data in the future.  This project will not only be beneficial to USGS and IRIS-PASSCAL but also international facilities that need a comprehensive format to store geophysical data.